The Detroit Institute of Arts provides a number of access resources for visitors with disabilities. 

To request more information or ask any questions, please contact the Visitor Services Hotline at 313-833-7940 or email

Sensory Tours

Experience art through senses beyond sight. Guided sensory tours include resources that visitors can touch, smell, and hear and are designed to serve K-12 visitors who are blind or have low vision. 

Contact Group Reservations at 313.833.1292 to arrange a sensory tour at least 4 weeks in advance.

Descriptive Tours

Specially-trained gallery teachers can provide vivid, detailed verbal descriptions of artworks throughout the building for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

For group tours of five or more request a descriptive tour at least four weeks in advance by contacting Group Reservations at 313-833-1292.

For families or groups with less than five people: request a descriptive tour at least four weeks in advance by contacting Christine Mark-Curtis at or (313) 833-1472.

Large Print Labels for Works of Art

Large print labels are available at the entrances of ticketed special exhibitions. The DIA is currently working to provide this resource for all DIA exhibitions and selections of the permanent galleries.

American Sign Language Interpretation

ASL interpreters are available for lectures, performances, and drop-In art-marking programs by making reservations at least four weeks in advance. Contact Catherine Lauerman at or 313-833-7902.

For tour groups of five or more contact Group Reservations at least four weeks in advance at 313-833-1292.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Mobility Access

There is no wheelchair access at the Woodward Avenue entrance. Please view our map in advance of your visit to see which entrances are wheelchair accessible. Parking spaces are reserved for those with state-issued disability plates and placards in the lot on John R.

Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available at the Farnsworth and John R entrances. No reservation required. Elevators are conveniently located throughout the museum.

Click here to view a map of the DIA's current layout >

Assisted Listening Devices in the Detroit Film Theatre

Request an assisted listening device from any usher on-site or the House Manager. No reservation required.

Wheelchair access in the Detroit Film Theatre

The Detroit Film Theatre has wheelchair accessible seating on the balcony and ground floor. When you arrive, please ask an usher for assistance.

For groups of eight or more, please contact Catherine Lauerman at least a week in advance at or 313-833-7902.

Visitors With Dementia or Alzheimer's

The DIA has volunteers and staff with expertise in leading discussions with visitors with early and mid-stage dementia and Alzheimer's through the museum's "Minds on Art" program. "Minds on Art" is an art-talk and art-making program specially designed to make our guests feel welcome, with discussions based on observations and connections made by the group, in a safe and inspiring environment.

All participants, including companions, are encouraged to contribute. Please call Lisa Gardner at Michigan Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900 for information and enrollment in the program.


The Detroit Institute of Arts is a proud member of the Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility (MACA). Learn more about MACA’s work here.