The ROM recognizes the diversity of our visitors’ abilities and needs, and we offer a variety of programs and services to ensure the accessibility of the Museum and its collections. Please check the Event's Calendar for current exhibitions, upcoming programs and public notices including service disruptions.
Visitors who are blind or who have vision loss
Learn about programs and services that will enhance your experience through touch and audio description
Visitors who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
Learn about programs and services offering assistive listening devices or American Sign Language interpretation.
Visitors with Dementia
Learn about our NEW program for visitors with dementia and their companions.
Visitors with Autism
Learn about the MagnusCards App for visitors with autism.
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Guided by trained volunteers, ROM Tactile Tours allow visitors who are blind or who have vision loss to explore artifacts from the ROM's collections through touch and descriptive narrations. Tactile Tours are offered by request to visitors of all ages, individually or in groups. These tours are free with admission, and must be booked at least three weeks in advance of the desired date of the tour. For more information or to reserve, please call 416.586.5823 or email email@example.com.
Audio Description Program
The Audio Description program makes visual media accessible by providing descriptive narration for people who are blind or who have vision loss. Visitors can download these files to their mp3 players or mobile devices, or borrow an iPod® from the Museum admission desk for free. Follow the link to review the ROM’s Audio Description Collection.
Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. offers an audio description tour. Listen or download here.
Tactile books at the ROM feature Braille, raised line graphics, large print and full-colour pictures. Tactile books are available for some special exhibitions, and some collections. These can be reviewed on-site at the ROM library. For details, contact the library at 416-586-5595 (Bell Relay Service 711) or firstname.lastname@example.org. The library is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Large Print Guides
Large print guides for selected exhibitions and visitor guides and floor plans are at the Museum through the admission desk. Large print Visitor Guides and Floor plans are also available online.
CIBC Discovery Gallery, Level 2
This interactive space offers young visitors an abundance of hands-on activities and real artifacts that bring to life the mystery, excitement, and fascinating journey of discovery. There is a Dinosaur Dig for aspiring palaeontologists, a costume area, complete with mirrors, replica clothing and armour, and a kids-size tipi to explore. This gallery was developed in 1977 in cooperation with CNIB to provide tactile learning experiences for all.
This gallery is a hands-on learning centre exploring the vast diversity of life on earth. The gallery is based on the Museum's collections and research, and offers visitors a venue to examine and handle hundreds of objects. This gallery is animated by gallery facilitators.
Bringing objects into the galleries, interpreters provide visitors with active exploration activities and share engaging information about each object. Look for gallery interpreters in the Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery and Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity daily, 1 pm to 3 pm.
Please Note: Locations and times are subject to change. Please inquire at the Admissions Desk on the day of your visit.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Tours
On the first Thursday of the month, as part of a partnership with George Brown College’s School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies, the ROM facilitates ASL- interpreted tours. ROM ASL- Interpreted tours are free with general Museum admission. The tours do not require reservations. For information about upcoming tours, please visit the ASL-Interpreted Tour's Calendar.
For more information or if you wish to request a private ASL-Interpreted Tour for your group, please call 416.586.5823 or Bell Relay Service: 711 or 1.800.855.0511, or email us at email@example.com.
ASL Video Podcasts Program
In 2005, the ROM launched ASL video and audio podcasts highlighting Museum research and collections. These podcasts can be downloaded and viewed on a computer, iPod® or mp3 player. Currently, there are more than 90 podcast files available online accompanied by written transcripts. Check the feature ASL-videos online or borrow at the admission desk an iPod® for free.
Interactive displays found in many of the galleries provide an alternative and engaging way of learning about our collections and the stories they represent. The interactive displays are contextualized by over 80 interactive touch screen stations around ROM’s galleries and exhibitions. All videos that include narration are captioned in both English and French.
Hearing Loop System
For the hard of hearing, the ROM offers a loop system installed in our admissions desk. Hearing aid wearers with a “T” (telecoil) setting, can now request FM assistive listening devices (neck loops) for special tours and lectures.
Assistive Communication Technology
ROM admissions desk offers the Ubi-Duo, an assistive communication technology that allows real time communication between a visitor who is deaf and our staff members.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for all ROM lectures with at least three weeks advance notice. Please, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the service. Visit the Event's Calendar for current and upcoming lectures and programs.
These monthly tours are designed for groups of visitors in the early stages of memory loss and their companions. Guided by trained Docents, the programs are designed to foster socialization, mental alertness and reminiscence of the past through facilitated discussions. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Alzheimer Society of Toronto at RSookhai@alzheimertoronto.org or by calling 416 322-6560.
The MagnusCards app is an innovative, free, web and mobile app that uses digital guides (called Card Decks) and game platforms to help people access their communities with greater independence. Each Card Deck uses pictures and text to provide step-by-step instructions for various social interactions, situations, behaviors, and activities. Magnus, a cartoon wizard who acts as the user’s interactive guide, provides reassurances and reinforces routine for users exploring new environments.
The ROM MagnusCards feature two decks: one of which guides and prepares the visitor on what to expect when entering the Museum, and the other is an educational scavenger hunt through the ROM’s Dinosaur Gallery. The ROM MagnusCards are available for download in the MagnusCards app under the Arts and Culture category. The MagnusCards app is available on iOS and Android.