The audio description for the National Museum of Natural History’s “Exploring Marine Ecosystems” exhibit and the Rotunda’s Fenykovi elephant display has opened the doors for this accessibility technique at the Smithsonian Institution. It is really superb and offers enhanced directions and greater access to the exhibit text for a visually impaired audience. Not only has the AD made these exhibits accessible to low vision and blind audiences, it has added a vivid verbal dimension that has greatly enhanced the displays.

Jill Johnson
Exhibit Designer
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
    • National Air and Space Museum / Einstein Planetarium
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Museum of American History
    • Sackler-Freer Gallery
    • Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design (NYC)
    • National Museum of the American Indian (NYC)
  • The White House, Washington, DC
  • The National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
  • Museum of Science, Boston, MA
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
  • Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  • J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • City of St. Petersburg, FL
    • Salvador Dali Museum
    • Museum of Fine Arts
    • Museum of History
  • U. S. Forest Service
  • New Jersey Historical Society
  • Chicago Botanic Garden, Buehler Enabling Garden
  • Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth, VA
  • Connecticut Children’s Center, New Haven, CT
  • Clark County Heritage Museum, NV
  • Texas State Museum, Austin, TX
  • Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
  • America OnLine, Vienna, VA
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NYC
  • U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing-Visitors Center, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Stones River National Battlefield, TN
  • Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center, MI
  • McKenzie River Ranger Station, OR
  • Red River Gorge Visitors Center, KY
  • White Mountain National Forest Visitors Center, NH
  • USDA Visitors Center, Washington, DC
A blind student visits the National Aquarium at Baltimore and uses its audio described tour created by Joel Snyder and Audio Description Associates.