Accessible NJ: Five Amazing Arts & Culture Destinations for Everyone

New Jersey is committed to providing art & culture destinations that can be experienced easily and enjoyably. Barrier-free live performance theaters, art galleries, sculptural museums and other venues are nestled across our six regions with ADA approved amenities for a variety of visual, hearing, mobility and sensory levels.

Wheaton Arts, Millville
Looking for an exciting day trip that brings you up-close to culture and the arts that’s also easily accessible? Wheaton Arts, home of the Museum of American Glass and the world’s largest hand-blown glass bottle, is sure to do the trick. Enjoy lively art demonstrations in the Glass, Pottery, and Flameworking Studios, plus interesting discoveries in the Folklife Center, award-winning Museum Stores, Gate House Café and more.

Know before you go: Wheaton Arts has fourteen public buildings all of which are located on the first floor and equipped with ramps and attentive staff. Assisted listening receivers are available to guests with hearing loss or impairment, in addition to an amplified sound system used during narrated demonstrations in the Glass Studio. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, Braille and Large Print materials will be provided to those that submit a request two weeks in advance. More to make your trip easier: Wheaton Arts offers plenty of accessible parking and restrooms. Service animals are always welcome and assistants of visitors with disabilities will not be charged admission.

McCarter Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Princeton
McCarter Theatre Center is one of the most active cultural centers, not only in New Jersey, but in the nation, offering more than two-hundred theater, dance and musical performances each year. The center prides itself on being barrier-free – making spectacular live performances that are to be experienced by everyone with ease and dignity. Get your ticket today - it’s showtime!

Know before you go: One American Sign Language (ASL) and one Audio Description (AD) performance is scheduled for each Theatre Series production. Also at McCarter Theatre Center: Open Captioning (OC) with spoken dialogue displayed on a screen and Sensory-Friendly performances for those with autism and/or sensitivity issues. Wheelchair accessible and companion seating is available in both theatres. Special seating requests should be made at the time of ticket purchase. Special access parking is available for performances in the Matthews Theatre on a first come, first served basis. Other inclusive amenities include Wireless Hearing Assistance Devices plus Braille and Large Print programs for all Theatre Series performances upon request. 

Two River Theater, Red Bank
Two River Theater is a renowned regional theater company providing outstanding plays and educational programs for audiences in central New Jersey and beyond. Two River Theater maintains a steadfast belief that art is for everyone, and their accessibility is a direct reflection of that.

Know before you go:  The theater is barrier-free, allowing patrons using wheelchairs or walkers to navigate all areas hassle-free. On-grade entrances, elevators, railings and wide doorways further increase accessibility. Free wheelchairs and free wheelchair storage are on-site. Also at Two River Theater: Audio Description (AD), Open Captioning (OC), American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances and Large Print programs. Would a little amplification and sound clarity improve your experience? Wireless Assistive Listening Devices are available too. Two River Theater also offers Relaxed Performances designed to provide an inviting (and judgement-free) theater experience for those with sensitivity issues.

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton
Want to getaway to an all-abilities-welcome locale where art, culture and nature are always at play? Then Grounds for Sculpture is for you. Outside, discover nearly 300 contemporary sculptures spanning 42 beautifully landscaped acres. Inside, view six diverse galleries featuring intriguing exhibits from both established and emerging artists. 

Know before you go:  Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) and wheelchairs may be rented on a first come, first served basis and there is no admission fee for personal care aides. Access Mobile Tours are a fabulous way to view the grounds. Each ADA-rated vehicle can accommodate a maximum of five people or four people and a wheelchair. Also, Touch Tours provide a tactile way for guests to explore the grounds, call or email ahead to arrange your Touch Tour. Service animals are always welcome, and all buildings are equipped with automatic doors. The East and West Galleries are fully accessible, and the Domestic Arts Building is fully accessible with an elevator to the mezzanine. The Museum is first-floor accessible, and assistance will be provided to view works on the mezzanine. Accessible parking spaces are found in the main parking lots. 

Newark Museum of Art
Rain or shine, the Newark Museum of Art is always a fascinating time – for everyone. The state’s largest museum offers outstanding collections, exhibitions, programs and educational resources in its multi-building campus in the heart of Newark’s Downtown/Arts District.

Know before you go:  To make visits as inclusive as they are inspiring, all galleries are wheelchair friendly and accessible by elevator. The main entrance is ramped with an automatic door and accessible rest rooms are found on all floors. Assistive Listening Devices are available, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters (submit request 5 days in advance please.) Open Captioning (OC) is available during many of the virtual programs. Free manual wheelchairs and portable stools are available on first come, first served basis. Accessible seating (some with charging stations) is located throughout the museum campus. As always, service animals are also welcome.

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