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.

  • The museum is open from 10-4 Monday through Friday.

As our staffing is limited, if you would like staff to be available when you visit, please send us a message using the contact form below. 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:
April 4-5 (Battle of the Books)
April 19 (Academic Bowl)



Rules and Tips


  • No food or drinks allowed inside the exhibition.
  • 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 cameras can access QR codes.


Braille and Large Print books, with visual description and text of the exhibition, are available for DeafBlind and Blind visitors. If you would like to request a tactile tour, please contact our staff.

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.

Campus Tours



Contact Us

National Deaf Life Museum

Chapel Hall

(202) 250-2235

** By Appointment Only **

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