We are pleased that you are planning to visit the National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University. Our exhibits cover the rich history of Gallaudet University over its 150 year span, plus other feature narratives about Deaf history, culture, and language.

This page is a guide to help you plan your visit, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at museum@gallaudet.edu.

For the Fall 2021 semester, all visits to the National Deaf Life Museum require a free appointment. Please make an appointment or contact us if you have questions.

Rules and Tips


No food or drinks allowed inside the exhibition.

Photography and video recording is strictly prohibited. Read policy as explained.

Please do not touch any exhibit materials and structures.

No animals except service animals as permitted by Gallaudet University Policy.


The exhibits have QR Codes to view video footage. Download a QR Reader app on your smart phone. iPhone camera can access QR codes.


Braille and Large Print books, with visual description and text of the exhibition, are available for DeafBlind and Blind visitors.

Wheelchair access:

Facing Florida Avenue, there is an elevator is located between Chapel Hall and Fowler Hall.

From the Mall side, a ramp is located at Chapel Hall.