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Accessibility & Amenities

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Accessibility & Amenities

The Blanton is for everyone.

Recognizing the diversity of the general public’s abilities and needs, we offer services to ensure the museum and its collections are accessible to all.

If you have questions, accommodation needs (including sign language interpretation), or would like more information contact our Visitor Services team at 512.471.5482 or via email at accessibility@blantonmuseum.org.

If a specific accommodation is required, please call at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.

Parking & Museum Entrance

Paid parking is available for persons with disabilities in all garages. The closest garage is Brazos Garage, located one block from the museum on the corner of MLK and Brazos. Blanton Members receive $4 discounted parking for Brazos Garage—bring your parking ticket to the Check-In Desk, located in our Smith Building, for payment. General visitors pay regular rates directly at Brazos Garage.

The Trinity Garage is three blocks from the museum on the corner of MLK and Trinity and is the closest UT Garage to the museum if the Brazos Garage is full. More information on UT parking garage access for visitors with disabilities can be found here.

Please note that there is no parking in either the Trinity or Brazos garages on UT home football game days. On home volleyball game days, the Brazos Garage will charge a prepaid $15 cash admission fee.

For more information on parking please call us on 512.471.5482 during opening hours. Alternatively, email accessibility@blantonmuseum.org.

Main Entrance

A map of the Blanton Museum of Art's grounds and museum buildings.
A map of the Blanton’s grounds and museum buildings.

Detailed navigation text is found in this section.

Accessible Drop-Off

The Museum Drop-Off is located on the east side of the Michener Gallery Building, across from the Brazos Garage. Press the buzzer before entering so our Security team can raise the barrier. Please call the Visitor Services Desk at 512.471.5482 if you need assistance dropping off a visitor.

Directions to Museum Entrance

Directions from Brazos Garage:

-Locate north Ground Floor Entrance/Exit
-Exit north onto Jester Circle, crossing Brazos St.
-Follow the accessible route along the north side of the Michener Gallery Building
-Turn left at the corner of the Michener Gallery Building and proceed across the Moody Patio toward the Smith Building. Look for the yellow, upside-down “U” entrance which reads “Check-In” above the Smith Building entry doors.
-The Check-In Desk is located through two sets of glass doors which can be opened automatically using a wave gesture (white square panels on the wall indicate where to wave)

Directions from MLK Jr. Blvd, approaching from west:

-Head east on north sidewalk of MLK Jr. Boulevard.
-Turn left at the Faulkner Gateway entrance, entering in the accessible route entry on the right side (looking north) of the staircase.
-Proceed across the Moody Patio toward our Smith Building located on the left. Look for the yellow, upside-down “U” entrance which reads “Check-In” above the Smith Building entry doors.
-The Check-In Desk is located through two sets of glass doors which can be opened automatically using a wave gesture (white square panels on the wall indicate where to wave).

Directions from MLK Jr. Blvd, approaching from east:

-Head west on north side of MLK Jr. Boulevard and at the corner of Brazos St. proceed up the accessible route, located next to the Museum Drop-Off.
-Follow the pathway until you reach the Moody Patio, and go toward the Smith Building to check in. Look for the yellow, upside-down “U” entrance which reads “Check-In” above the Smith Building entry doors.
-The Check-In Desk is located through two sets of glass doors which can be opened automatically using a wave gesture (white square panels on the wall indicate where to wave).

Directions from Speedway:

-Head south on Speedway
-Turn left at Jester Circle and enter via the accessible route.
-Follow the pathway through the Butler Sound Gallery.
-Upon entering the Moody Patio, head toward the Smith Building. Look for the yellow, upside-down “U” entrance which reads “Check-In” above the Smith Building entry doors.
-The Check-In Desk is located through two sets of glass doors which can be opened automatically using a wave gesture (white square panels on the wall indicate where to wave).

Restrooms

Restrooms for all genders and visitors with limited mobility can be accessed in our Smith building, behind our Check-In Desk or on the ground floor of the Michener building. Baby-changing facilities are also accessible in these locations. Ask a member of our Visitors Services team or a Gallery Assistant for help locating them or refer to our Visitor Map & Guide.

Visitors with Families

  • Changing tables are located in all restrooms; there are no restrooms or changing areas on the second floor.
  • Bags larger than 11 x 15 inches, including diaper bags, are not allowed in the galleries. Lockers are available on the ground floor.
  • No baby backpacks or large-framed child carriers, please. Soft frontpacks and strollers are allowed in the museum.
  • No snacks, drinks, or toys are allowed in the galleries.
  • Some art in the museum contains content or ideas of an adult nature. If you are visiting with small children, feel free to ask our Visitor Services team or Gallery Assistants for further information about adult content in the galleries.
  • If you have questions, please call the Visitor Services team at 512-471-5482.

Service Animals

  • Only service animals are permitted in the building. In accordance with The University of Texas at Austin’s policy, “service animal must have been trained as a service animal in the work or tasks directly related to the person’s disability.” We ask that service animals are harnessed, leashed, or tethered to their accompanying individual. An individual with a service animal in training may also enter the building, subject to meeting the requirements in section VII.C of UT’s policy.
  • Emotional support animals are not permitted inside any university buildings. The University of Texas at Austin’s policy specifies, “An emotional support animal is permitted on campus grounds and to accompany an individual into his or her University assigned residence in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, a support animal is not allowed to accompany the individual into his or her residential dining center or into any other University building.”

Read The University of Texas at Austin’s policy in full here.

Useful Maps

360 Virtual Tours

Enter inside galleries of the museum….virtually! Our interactive 360-degree video tours let you move through exhibitions online, enhancing your “visit” with high-resolution images, in-depth descriptive text, audio commentary from curators, and even videos. Transcriptions of audio stops are available to click on within the tours. Visit our 360 Virtual Gallery Tours page to explore these resources.

Audio Guides

We’re pleased to offer an audio guide for visitors about Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin! Learn more about the guide, available in English & Spanish, on our Audio Guide & Resources page.

Website Accessibility

We believe that our website meets or exceeds the UT Web Accessibility Policy. If you are a person with a disability and have trouble using our web site, please send us an email at webmaster@blantonmuseum.org.

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