ADA

Accessibility at the Davenport House

ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT: It is the goal of the Davenport House Museum to provide a quality level of accessibility to the Museum’s interpretation that can be accomplished within the institutional mission. We recognize, however, that the preservation and interpretation of an early 19th century historic building may present challenges for our visitors. Because we are a museum, our efforts focus on balancing our commitments to preserve the historical resources in our care and to increase access to them. It is, therefore, in our interest to develop and provide opportunities that facilitate reasonable access to the Museum’s educational programs, operation, and services to a diverse public.

Parking:

• The museum provides no parking for visitors. The closest city metered space is for people with disabilities. It is on Habersham Street adjacent to the Kennedy Pharmacy Building (107 Habersham Street).
• For patrons taking the off/on trolley experience, the Davenport House is Old Town Trolley stop #9 and Oglethorpe Trolley stop #20.   The Museum is two blocks from the City of Savannah’s Express Shuttle stop #E10 located on East Broughton Street near the intersection Oglethorpe Street.

Mobility:

• Adequate, safe wheelchair access is available to the basement level of Davenport House Museum which includes the museum shop, rest rooms, water fountain, and staff offices. The museum’s courtyard and garden is wheelchair accessible from both Habersham and State Streets.
• The Museum’s  has an ADA compliant rest room.  Its water fountain is ADA compliant.
• On request a DVD of the Museum tour is available at no charge.
– Wooden Windsor hall chairs are available on both exhibit floors.
– Portable chairs/stools are available for visitors to carry on tour.

Vision:

• A large print information book (18 point or larger) is be available in a three-ringed binder is available upon request.
• Touch baskets, which include fabric and plasters samples, are available in the Museum’s period rooms.
• Flashlights may be used by docents to illuminate objects and areas of conversation if a visitor identifies himself or herself as needing such assistance.

Hearing/Speech:

•  Large print materials with streamlined language is available.
• If a visitor identifies special hearing needs, a docent will take along an erasable writing board to communicate with the visitor.

Developmental/Emotional/Mental

• If a visitor or attendant identifies special needs in advance of arrival, museum staff will provide a simple, straightforward experience using unembellished language delivered at the pace requested.