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The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Accessibility

The historic and natural environments of the Straits of Mackinac sometimes present impediments to accessibility. Blowing sand, natural trails and steep grades can make traveling difficult. Many 18th and 19th century buildings have entrance steps, narrow doorways and other physical barriers. The sites are mainly outside, feature loud noises, various smells, and people in period costumes. 

Continuous effort is made to make all aspects of Mackinac State Historic Parks accessible. Where possible, physical changes have removed barriers. Alternate programs or services provide additional access opportunities and future projects will continue to improve access.

Museum and Park Services

  • Guides to Access are available at admission sites. 
  • Captioning is provided for movies at all sites. 
  • Service animals are permitted at all sites and in all buildings.
  • An elevator provides access to the second floor of the museum. 
The letters correspond to the letters on the site map. Click here for a PDF of the Fort Mackinac site map. Click here for a PDF of the Mackinac Island Guide to Access.


Outdoor surfaces are paved sidewalks. 

Getting to The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum

Passenger ferries and airplanes take visitors to Mackinac Island. Two private companies operate boats to the island from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Air-taxi service from Pellston and St. Ignace is also available. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on Mackinac Island; however, personal motorized devices are allowed with permission. Please contact us for more details.

Difficult Access

Five to eight entrance steps to these buildings may make access for visitors with mobility impairments:

  • Primary Entrance (F)*
  • Restrooms*
* Alternate entrance provided.

Alternate Building Entrance

  • Follow the ramp (under the stairs around the building) to the rear of the building.
  • Restrooms can be accessed through a staff door on the lower level, under the main stairs of the building. Please ask for assistance. 

Sensory Considerations

There is a schedule of programs available by clicking here and posted at the admissions window. Below are some things to consider during your visit:


  • The entire building is climate controlled, and may be warmer or cooler than outdoors.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside, and should be enjoyed outside the building. A drinking fountain is available near the elevator.
  • Sights
    • Some exhibit spaces are purposefully kept dark. Others are brightly lit.
  • Sounds
    • Museum staff will loudly announce the beginning of all programs.
    • Some exhibits include amplified sounds.
  • Smells
    • Some buildings may smell musty.

All Accessibility at Mackinac State Historic Parks

Click here for access concerns at all Mackinac State Historic Parks sites.