Washington, D.C.

Ford’s Theater National Historic Site 

Description: Ford’s Theater has a rich history and is most widely known as the location of President Lincoln’s assassination. Ford’s Theater is not only a historical site that remembers the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, but is also a working theater and museum.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • Scheduled sign-interpreted performances available (see website for schedule)
  • One-night events can arrange ASL interpreters upon request at least two weeks in advanced

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 

Description: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a memorial to the Holocaust that was responsible for the death of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime. The museum offers numerous exhibitions, films, and programs.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • Assistive listening devices (compatible with T-coil hearing aids) are available at the coat check
  • Films and audio elements have text, captions, or subtitles

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International Spy Museum 

Description: The International Spy Museum is the only public museum in the U.S. dedicated to espionage. It provides historical information, exhibitions, and programs that engage and educate visitors about the largely invisible field of espionage and how it shapes our history and current events.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • Captioning system triggering device that activates captions on videos (available at the information desk)
  • Scripts and wall text is placed next to audio-only presentations
  • ASL interpreters are available for public programs with two weeks notice
  • Real-time captioning is available for public programs with two weeks notice
  • Scripts and caption triggering devices are also available

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Smithsonian Museums 

Description: Smithsonian is the largest museum and research complex in the world. The Smithsonian facilities include nineteen museums and galleries on numerous topics, the National Zoological Park, and nine research buildings.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • Tours for Deaf/Hard of hearing are available with prior arrangements (see the website for available programs)

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White House 

Description: The White House has severed as the home of the Presidents and their families for over two hundred years. It is an international symbol of the United States as well as the President. Guided tours are available only with prior arrangements (at least three weeks in advanced). Tours can be requested through one’s member of congress or through your embassy in Washington DC for non-US citizens.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • Request accommodations upon tour request at least three weeks in advanced

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Nation’s Capitol Visitor Center 

Description: The United States Capitol is an office, national monument and symbol of democracy. The Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors, but tours of the Capitol need to be scheduled in advanced through either one’s Representative or Senator, or through the online tour booking system.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • Closed captioning for films/video
  • Public TTY
  • Interpreters available when booked in advanced

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Description: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington DC is available for tours for those interested in learning more about U.S. paper currency. The tour and visitor center is free and is open Monday through Friday.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • Open-captioned tours
  • Tour guides with sign language skills are available if requested in advanced

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National Archives Experience

Description: The National Archives contains the Charters of Freedom (the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights) and also offers public programs. Reservations are not necessary, but reserved visits can be made.

Deaf Accessibility Features:

  • An interpreter can be provided for public programs two weeks in advanced

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