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IDEA Commitment

Children’s Museum Tucson|Oro Valley (CMT|OV) is an educational institution founded on the principles of accessibility and inclusion.  In order to best serve all children and families, the CMT|OV culture purposefully strives to ensure we reflect and honor the diversity of our community, creating a sense of belonging. CMT|OV is committed to the principle that access to the Museum is a right, not a privilege. All children and families in Southern Arizona should see themselves reflected and welcomed in all we do. To this end, CMT|OV works to reflect diversity and inclusion in its staff, on the Board of Directors, in recruiting and human resources practices and volunteer opportunities, and its programs, exhibits and engagement opportunities.

CMT|OV does not discriminate in employment, volunteer opportunities or the delivery of programs and services on the basis of any of the following categories:

Age, Ancestry, Citizenship, Disability, Economic circumstances, Ethnicity, Familial status, Gender, Gender identity, Marital status, National origin, Race, Religion, Sexual orientation, Veteran status.

We aim to support equal access to our website, services, programs and activities. We welcome any feedback on how to improve accessibility for all users.

Accessible Parking and Entrance

Accessible metered parking spaces are located along 13th Avenue to the south of the building. There are ramps on either side of the courtyard entrance gate and, once in the courtyard, ramps on both the north and south sides of the building allow access to the front entrance.

Admission

Museums for All

As a Museums for All participating institution, the Museum offers discounted admission to our visitors on food assistance of $3 per person for up to 4 people. EBT cardholders and those receiving WIC assistance from any state are eligible. Visitors must present their EBT Card and matching photo ID to receive the discount. The cardholder must be present to receive the discount. Not valid with any other offer or group visit.

NPO Memberships

The Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley offers Nonprofit Organization Memberships. Local organizations that serve families and children can share this membership with their constituents.

Gears & Stars Membership

Our Gears & Stars Membership is a scholarship-style program that offers all the benefits of Museum memberships on a sliding scale for qualifying families, helping to remove financial barriers Museum access. Scholarships are funded through the generous support of individuals, foundations and our community partners.

Nursing & Baby Care

Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley welcomes caregivers to nurse their children in any public visitor spaces of the museum, regardless of the use of a privacy drape/cover.

Please ask staff if you desire a more secluded location and they can help direct you to a more private area.

At Children’s Museum Oro Valley, the Lullaby Lounge offers a quieter spot off to the side for nursing. There are diaper-changing stations in all of our bathrooms.

Restrooms

Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley values inclusivity. We want to ensure employees and visitors feel accepted, respected and welcomed in in the Museum, including restroom facilities.
Visitors, volunteers, employees, contractors, vendors and others in the Museum are welcome to access restrooms corresponding to their gender identity. Restroom access is at the discretion of the individual to determine the most appropriate and safest option for them. 

There are two wheelchair-accessible restrooms available at each Museum. There are diaper-changing stations in all bathrooms.

For visitors with limited mobility

A non-motorized wheelchair is available to use at no cost at Children’s Museum Tucson, on a first-come, first-served, basis.

For visitors with sensory sensitivity

Visitors on the Autism spectrum and/or with sensory sensitivity. Visitors can borrow noise-cancelling headphones from the front desk on a first-come, first serve basis.

Both Museums offer MyTime, an inclusion program that welcomes families and children who are in need of supportive experiences. Visit us during MyTime for a quieter, more controlled visiting time for children with special needs. The Museums are open to all visitors during this time to provide a truly inclusive experience for all families. Admission is half-price during MyTime.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at the Museums. Service animals are defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. We ask that service dogs remain on leash and under the control of the owner at all times and not interact with children or other visitors to the Museum out of respect for both the service animal and those individuals.