The Detroit Institute of Arts provides a number of resources for visitors with disabilities. For more information about any of these offerings Accessible Parking or for accessibility-related questions contact

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Wheelchairs and Scooters

No reservations are required. Request a wheelchair or scooter from a visitor services representative upon check-in. 

Accessible Entrances and Museum Routes 

The museum’s main entrance on Farnsworth Street is wheelchair accessible. Visitors exit the building at the John R. entrance, which is also accessible. Elevators are located throughout the building. 

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

Accessible Parking

Accessible metered parking is located in front of the Farnsworth entrance. Additional accessible spaces are located in the southwest corner of the DIA’s parking lot on John R. A state-issued disability parking placard is required to use reserved spaces. 

For more information about accessible parking placards in Michigan visit the Secretary of State's website here>

Descriptive Tours

Live or virtual descriptive tours are available upon request. Every effort will be made to arrange for a tour guide, but advanced notice will help guarantee someone is available. Contact to request a tour. 

Gallery Lighting 

Gallery lighting is kept dim to prevent the artwork from fading or discoloring over time. Personal lighting devices are permitted, but please be mindful of your proximity to the art. We ask that visitors remain at least 18 inches away from all artwork. Please do not gesture within 18 inches of an artwork. Contact for more information. 

American Sign Language Interpretation

ASL Requests: To request an ASL interpreter for digital or live programming contact Every effort will be made to arrange for an interpreter, but advanced notice will help guarantee someone is available. Browse our programming calendar here >

Art in ASL: In partnership with DeafC.A.N.! in Oakland county, the DIA created a series of art talks in ASL to support Deaf and DeafBlind people during the pandemic. Each talk features an ASL interpreter, open captions, and audio descriptions with transcripts for braille readers. Check out Art in ASL here >

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


Updated 7.27.2021