Red and white exhibition panels about HIV/AIDS and the deaf community sit in front of buff and blue exhibition panels about Gallaudet history.

Special Exhibition Left Behind: HIV/AIDS and the Deaf Community
Open during regular museum hours through December 1, 2023

We are pleased that you are planning to visit the National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University. Our exhibits cover the rich history of Gallaudet University over its 150-year span, plus other feature narratives about Deaf history, culture, and language. This page is a guide to help you plan your visit, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us using the form below.

During the Fall 2023 semester, we are operating with limited staffing. The museum is open from 10-4 Monday through  Friday. The desk will be staffed during the following hours:

  • Mondays | 10am – 1pm
  • Tuesdays | 1pm – 4pm
  • Wednesdays | 10am-1pm
  • Fridays | 10am – 4pm

We welcome appointments to meet with staff outside of these times. Book an appointment today. Note: We are closed during the weekends and when Gallaudet University is closed.

At times, the museum may be closed for special events.
We strongly recommend you check our social media when making plans to visit.
 TwitterInstagramFacebook Upcoming Closures:
November 22-27, 2023



Rules and Tips


  • No food or drinks allowed inside the exhibition.
  • Photography and video recording is strictly prohibited. Read policy as explained.
  • Please do not touch any exhibit materials and structures.
  • No animals except service animals as permitted by Gallaudet University Policy.

Tips: The exhibits have QR Codes to view video footage. Download a QR Reader app on your smart phone. iPhone camera can access QR codes.


Braille and Large Print books, with visual description and text of the exhibition, are available for DeafBlind and Blind visitors.

Wheelchair access: Facing Florida Avenue, there is an elevator is located between Chapel Hall and Fowler Hall. From the Mall side, a ramp is located at Chapel Hall.

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Contact Us

National Deaf Life Museum

Chapel Hall

(202) 250-2235

** By Appointment Only **

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