Accessibility for Visitors

Making all visitors feel welcome

The Museum of the Albemarle welcomes ALL visitors to discover the past; to reflect on their own lives and their place in history; and to preserve state, regional, and local history for future generations.

In preparation for your visit, please find the answers to your questions in the sections listed below. For additional information, please call (252) 335-1453 or email Once in the museum, questions about accessibility may be directed to staff at the Information Desks.

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Visitors with mobility disabilities


Handicap accessible entrance and parking are in front of the Museum.

Exterior Access Ramps

Currently, the Museum has a wheelchair-accessible ramp located to the left-hand side of the main steps to the building.

Wheelchair Rentals

Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis while visiting the Museum.

During Visit

Accessible seating is available in the Auditorium.

Benches are located throughout the Museum exhibits.

Getting around the museum

 Elevator Accessibility

All levels of the Museum are accessible by elevator, including exhibition spaces and all public facilities.

Accessible Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located on the first and second floor behind the Visitors Elevator of the Museum and across from the  Auditorium on the first floor. All restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.

Nursing Room

The Museum's private nursing room, located within the women's restroom on the first floor behind the Visitor Elevator, is wheelchair accessible. This room is meant for single-use only and includes a cushioned chair with arms, two small tables, a locking door, and an electrical outlet. A key must be requested at the lobby floor Reception Desk before using.

Things to Know Before You Go

Service Dogs are Welcome

Museum of the Albemarle follows the US Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources requirements for service dogs. The dog must be trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability. Visitors are not allowed to bring emotional support animals into the Museum.

 No Smoking

The interior of the Museum is a no-smoking free zone.

No Food or Drinks in Exhibits

Food and beverages may not be consumed in gallery areas except for designated areas. Please inquire at the first-floor Reception Desk for designated areas.


You are welcome to take photos for personal use (and share them on Instagram with #moaelizcity). However, tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are not permitted without prior approval. For professionals, please contact (252) 335-1453 or email for appointments and info.

Enhancing your visit

Closed Captions

Closed Captions are available on all exhibit videos.

Large Print

The majority of our exhibits are designed with large print integration for legibility.

Audio Tour

Enrich your experience interactively in advance, throughout & at the close of your visit with a preview of current exhibits, events & so much more!

Audio Tours make it easy to navigate the Museum of the Albemarle & assure that you can see the best we have to offer! 

MOA Mobile can be accessed via or by calling OnCell Narrator (252) 548-6213 on your phone.

Click here to learn more about MOA Mobile.