Our goal has been to design a gallery that is welcoming to all.
By working closely with The Institute for Human Centered Design, Accessible Community, and Access Smithsonian, the Molina Family Latino Gallery follows universal design principles. Universal design, creating experiences for all visitors, including those who are blind or have low vision, have limited hand and arm mobility, or are older adults, means that the gallery experience is accessible for everyone.
We carefully crafted the spatial layout and gallery circulation, including the design of physical and digital exhibit components, content hierarchy, and visual identity, to create a rich and diverse visitor experience.
Join us! Everyone is welcome to learn how Latino history is American history.
Access for All
Listen to Nefertiti Matos, access technology educator and cultural accessibility consultant, discuss the importance of equitable access.
From the start, accessibility inclusion was a central part of design and content decisions for the Molina Family Latino Gallery. Accessibility features, provided in English and Spanish, are integrated throughout the gallery’s physical and digital experiences.
The gallery is equipped with 13 unique QR codes strategically placed in the space. They provide access to visual descriptions of key media elements, as well as the cases, including objects on display, label text in audio format, and supplemental information on the exhibition.
- A clear and accessible circulation path throughout the gallery
- Accessible furniture, viewing heights, and reach ranges
- Cane-detectable edges and protrusions
- Labels and objects designed for ease of reading
- Universal access points, indicated by tactile markers on the floor, to identify where visitors can access QR codes that will provide visual descriptions for the gallery and objects on display, label text in audio format, and supplemental information on the exhibition
- Quiet hours reduce visual and auditory stimuli so visitors can immerse themselves in the gallery content in a comfortable and engaging environment
- Museum staff available to assist in the gallery
- Accessible pre-visit materials available online
- Tactile and multisensory experiences to enhance learning for all audiences
NMAL partnered with the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to improve touch screen interactives by including tactile keypads. Digital interactives play a significant role in museum exhibitions and are often inaccessible to many visitors who cannot independently use touchscreens for a number of reasons. We created a cutting-edge accessible interface by employing interactive user/expert testing and providing specific recommendations for keypad navigation.
Audrey Maier, 2022, National Museum of the American Latino.
- Open captions for all media and digital interactive experiences
- Three core inclusive digital interactives accessible with tactile keypads, inclusive graphics, and UI for ease of use by an audience with varying abilities and ages
Below you can access all 13 of the gallery QR codes which provide visual descriptions of key media elements, cases, objects on display, label text, and supplemental information on the exhibition.
- Accessibility On-boarding (1 of 13)
- Landmark Space Description (2 of 13)
- Colonial Legacies Nook (3 of 13)
- Colonial Legacies Exhibit Case (4 of 13)
- Colonial Legacies Touchable (5 of 13)
- Wars of Expansion Nook (6 of 13)
- Wars of Expansion Exhibit Case (7 of 13)
- Immigration Stories Nook (8 of 13)
- Immigration Stories Exhibit Case (9 of 13)
- Shaping the Nation Nook (10 of 13)
- Shaping the Nation Exhibit Case (11 of 13)
- Domino Park Touchable (12 of 13)
- Support the Museum and Extend Your Visit (13 of 13)
Assistive Listening Devices
The Molina Family Latino Gallery offers assistive listening devices for presentations, programing, and the Somos theater. Visit the Learning Lounge to pick up an assistive listening device.