Accessibility & Inclusivity

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Our Mission

We inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.

Sensory Charts & Definitions

The Children's Museum offers sensory charts for families who want more information on the sensory experiences available at the Museum's Chesterfield and Downtown locations. The charts contain information on the tactile, visual, auditory and movement opportunities at each exhibit. Click the buttons below to view our sensory guides for each location, along with helpful definitions:

Children's Museum of Richmond ACCESS GUIDE

The Children's Museum of Richmond (CMoR) welcomes all visitors. This Access Guide provides information to enhance your museum experience. For further information, please call (804) 474-7000 or email education@childrensmuseumofrichmond.org.

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Accessible Seating on Carousel

There is a ramp that offers access to the Downtown carousel. Please ask the attendant if you need the support.

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Adapted Art Supplies

Adaptive art supplies can be found in the studios. Please ask a museum employee for assistance. CMoR offers an adjustable art easel (Downtown), slantboards, lap trays, and a variety of adapted art utensils.

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Field Trips/Classes

Our field trips are developed to encourage learning and engage students with creative and hands-on programs. Programs are designed for students from Preschool to 3rd Grade. We strive to apply Universal Design for Learning principles in our programming to increase accessibility for all learners.

Please call (804) 474-7002 or email education@childrensmuseumofrichmond.org for more information.

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Guide & Assistance Dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome at the CMoR.

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Physical Accessibility

The main entrance to the Downtown Museum is equipped with Accessible Push Plates on the far right side for easy entrance. There are a limited number of accessible parking spaces available in the front parking lots. Accessible restrooms can be found throughout the Museum floors. Both Museums are located on one floor for easy access to all exhibits.

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Sensory Backpacks

CMoR offers free Sensory Backpacks available at the front desk to check out for children with sensory sensitivities/needs. Each backpack contains a 12 sided fidget-cube, weighted vest, mesh marble fidget toy, noise-canceling headphones. Please return the backpack before leaving the museum.

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Social Narratives

CMoR offers several Social Narratives to prepare guests for their visit or field trip to the Museum. Select the appropriate narrative for your visit and customize for your child as needed.

Richmond Location Social Narrative

Chesterfield Location Social Narrative

More information, including virtual tours of both Museum locations, can be found by following the links below:

Chesterfield Location & Exhibits

Richmond Location & Exhibits

Visual Schedule

Download and print this customizable visual schedule to bring with you to the Museum. You can cut out the squares and glue them onto the second page to create a plan and decide what to see and do while you are here.

Pro Tip: Read the Social Narrative with your child to get familiar with the Museum before you make your schedule!

Richmond Visual Schedule

Chesterfield Visual Schedule

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Special Nights

Special Nights are designed to provide opportunities for playing and learning for children with disabilities and their families. This accessible and inclusive environment will include adapted materials, reduced noise, lower lighting, and a reduced number of visitors. Admission for families of children with disabilities will be FREE and additional sensory activities and cool down areas/tools will be provided.

Special Nights take place on the third Friday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, alternating between our Downtown and Chesterfield locations. Please check our online calendar for each month's event and to reserve your free spot.

Parent Suggestion Box

  • The Children's Museum of Richmond continuously strives to make our experiences and offerings accessible and inclusive to children of all abilities. Have a suggestion? Please share it in the box below!