Handicap Parking at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Handicap parking at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum is available on Madison Drive across the street from the main staircase leading up to the museum. I am happy to report that two wheelchair accessible ramps are now open to access the museum from the Madison Avenue side of the museum. Wheelchair access is from either side of the staircase. Accessing from the handicap ramp will give you priority access to pass through the security line into the museum.
There is another wheelchair accessible ramp to enter from the Constitution Avenue entrance to the Natural History Museum. However, there is no available parking on the Constitution Avenue side of the building.
Anyone with a disability or handicap visiting the National Mall in Washington DC will find that getting around is a big problem. Not only handicapped people, but elderly visitors and anyone with limited mobility encounters a huge accessibility problem to get between the Smithsonians, the monuments, the US Capitol, the White House, and other downtown locations. The perfect solution would be a private tour especially designed for handicapped and disabled people.
On-street parking on the National Mall is no longer free of charge. Three hour parking is available at $2 per hour. Parking meters only accept credit cards.
Handicap Access Inside the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Once you are inside the museum, you will have no problem. There are ramps and elevators as needed. At both the Madison Avenue and the Constitution Avenue entrances, the museum staff will be happy to provide you with a wheelchair to use inside the museum if you do not have your own.
How Many Disabled Spots are There at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum?
Not many. Just a few. If you are not successful in getting one of these spots, keep driving straight on Madison Drive to the Smithsonian American History Museum — the equivalent of 3 blocks distance. There are several handicap spots here as well.
Disabled and Handicap Tours of Washington DC
Nonpartisan Pedicab offers specialized tours for disabled and handicapped visitors to Washington DC. A private tour of the monuments with an experienced guide is the perfect way to get around if you are disabled. It is easy to get in and out of a pedicab and very comfortable. We are very knowledgeable about all the sites in DC. We can pick you up right from your hotel or parking location or from the Smithsonian. You can see all the monuments on the National Mall in 2-3 hours. At the end of the tour, we can drop you off at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum or any other location of your choice.
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Parking Garages Near to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
The Ronald Reagan Building has a huge underground parking lot, and it is not far away. The entrance is on 14th Street between Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. It is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day. All day parking on weekdays is $25 (4-15 hours) and on weekends it is $15.
Take a Pedicab Tour of the National Mall
A pedicab tour of the National Mall and the Monuments is the perfect way to get around if you are disabled. It is easy to get in and out of a pedicab and very comfortable. We are very knowledgeable about all the sites in DC. We can pick you up right from your hotel or parking location or from the Smithsonian. You can see all the monuments on the National Mall in 2-3 hours. At the end of the tour, we can drop you off at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum or any other location of your choice.
More information about Handicap Access on the National Mall
Smithsonian Disabled Access Information — Specific Information for Visitors to the Natural History Museum
Washington DC Disability Information — General Information for Handicapped visitors