Accessibility for Visitors

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.

Please find the answers to your questions below to prepare for your visit. For additional information, please call (252) 335-1453 or email Once in the Museum, questions about accessibility may be directed to staff at the reception desks.

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 on 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 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 Visitor's Elevator and across from the auditorium on the first floor. All bathrooms 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's 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 use.

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 and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources requirements for service dogs. The dog must be trained to assist 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 the Exhibits

Food and beverages may not be consumed in gallery areas except for designated areas. Please inquire at the first-floor reception desk for selected rooms.


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 extensive print integration for legibility.

Audio Tour

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

Audio Tours make it easy to navigate the Museum of the Albemarle and ensure 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.