Dr. Jane Norman stands within the arches of Chapel Hall - standing in front of a large ribbon of Gallaudet Museum logo used for the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony in 2014.

Jane Norman, Ph.D.

September 11, 1939 - April 4, 2020

The staff of the National Deaf Life Museum are saddened to share the news of the passing of our founder, Dr. Jane Norman. 

Read the announcement by Nikolaus Peterson, Dr. Norman's nephew.


The National Deaf Life Museum has suspended standard operating hours until further notice. No visits are permitted at this time. To learn more about Gallaudet University wide response to COVID-19 and offer your support, please visit coronavirus.gallaudet.edu.

The National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University promotes and interprets the rich and complex deaf experience through exhibits and programming on campus and online.

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Read our full response on H.O.S.S. photograph.

Explore, Watch, and Discover History Through Deaf Eyes

The National Deaf Life Museum team is off campus but on the job!  The newest update from the Museum team is a redesigned and expanded version of the “History Through Deaf Eyes” website.