Historic St. Mary’s City Accessibility Information
We recognize that the 17th-century reconstructions on site may present difficulties and will work to ensure guests with disabilities have an enriching and inclusive experience. Service animals are permitted in all buildings.
Historic St. Mary’s City is committed to complying with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding access to all. Visitors with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations or modifications to assist them in accessing Historic St. Mary’s City programs, services, and facilities. These requests can be made by contacting 301-994-4370.
Guests with Hearing Impairments
The orientation videos at the Visitor Center and the Museum Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary are closed-captioned.
Guests with Visual Impairments
All reconstructed buildings use natural lighting or candlelight and may be dark inside. If you need assistance inside the buildings, please speak with an on site interpreter.
Guests with Limited Mobility
The museum has five parking areas: The Visitor Center lot, the State house lot, the St. John’s Museum lot, the Plantation lot, and the lot at the St. John’s Site Museum. Each has parking available for visitors with disabilities.
There are a limited number of wheelchairs at the Visitor Center and Museum Shop for visitors who inquire; these may be borrowed on a first-come-first-served basis, unless prior arrangements have been made through the Visitor Center.
Detailed photo albums are available for visitors in the few areas which are not wheelchair accessible (the second floor of the State House, the main house at the Plantation, and below deck of Maryland Dove).
As a general note, most of the museum’s paths are paved and meet ADA requirements. There are a few exhibit areas that have mulched paths, which can impact a wheelchairs ability to traverse the landscape (weather dependent) or may be a challenge for those with walking difficulties.
Guests with Sensory Challenges
A social narrative, or social story, is provided for each location on our grounds to help you and your group best prepare for your visit. Please contact Visitor Services should you have any questions.