Accessibility

The National Parks of Boston have many accomodations for our visitors who need additional accessibility considerations. For additional information, or to check on specific accommodations, please call (617) 742-5415.

The Museum of African American History's Abiel Smith School and African Meeting House are both fully accessible by wheelchair users and have accessible restrooms. More information can be obtained at The Museum of African American History's Website or by calling (617) 725-0022 x330.

Materials Available in Multiple Languages

The film "Fighting For Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad" has captions in multiple languages, including:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Vietnamese
  • English

Visitors can experience the film in the lower level of Faneuil Hall.

The online version of the film has captions in English, Spanish, and French. It is located at this link: "Fighting For Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad."

The National Parks of Boston have park brochures available in multiple languages, including:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • English

General Guidelines for People with Hearing Impairment

The film "Fighting For Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad" has captions in English and a number of other languages. Visitors can experience the film in the lower level of Faneuil Hall.

General Guidelines for People with Low or No Sight

The National Parks of Boston have recently created audio-described brochures for their sites. Access our brochure by visiting our Blind/Low Vision Page.

The film "Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad" has audio descriptions that can be played with the film. Visitors can experience the film in the lower level of Faneuil Hall. It is also located at this link with audio descriptions: "Fighting For Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad."

General Guidelines for People with Limited Mobility

Boston's Black Heritage Trail® navigates some of the oldest streets and neighborhoods in the city. Sidewalks can often be narrow and uneven. Many of the sidewalks have curb-cuts and crosswalks, and those with stoplights have signals, but visitors should always exercise caution while crossing the street.

Wheelchairs may be borrowed, free of charge, for single-day use at our Faneuil Hall Visitor Center. They are available on a first come, first served basis. Visitor will be required to leave a driver's license as a deposit, and wheelchairs must be returned to the Visitor Center from which they were borrowed prior to the end of the day.

General Guidelines for Visitors with Service Animals

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are permitted in government buildings.

The Department of Justice published revised regulations implementing the ADA rules for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These rules clarify issues and contain updated requirements for service animals, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. More information can be found within the Service Animal Policy DOJ711.

Service animals are also welcomed at sites owned and operated by the Museum of African American History.

General Guidelines for Accessible Parking

Driving and parking are difficult on Beacon Hill. There are several parking garages in the vicinity with accessible parking.

General Accessibility Guidelines for Utilizing Public Transportation

Because parking in Boston can be such a challenge, it may be easier to visit us by taking public transportation. Most of Boston's subway, commuter rail, bus, and ferries are accessible to people with disabilities. Learn more through the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Page.

MBTA subway stops closest to the site are the Park Street stop on the Red and Green subway lines, the Downtown Crossing stop on the Orange subway line, or the Bowdoin stop on the Blue subway line. Visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website for maps and information.

Last updated: January 12, 2021

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Mailing Address:

15 State Street
Boston African American National Historical Site

Boston, MA 02109

Phone:

(617) 742-5415

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