Accessibility

Venue Access

The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University Chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the Owens entrance off York Street also have a handrail, but there is no ramp. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second-floor gallery is not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the second floor. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals.

Although the Owens is only partially accessible, our goal is to have a barrier-free facility within the next ten years.

Washrooms

Gendered bathrooms are located in the basement and are not wheelchair accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the basement.

A life-sized, rust-coloured wolf, a pair of steel split urns, and low-lying bench are installed across the wide front steps leading to the entrance of a classically inspired stone building. Above the door, carved in stone, are the words "Owens Museum of Fine Arts, 1894".

Ramp Access Summer 2022

Due to construction work taking place in the University turning circle and nearby Chapel, it may be necessary to use an alternate route to access the Owens.

Both entrances to the gallery remain open. Visitors can enter directly through the York Street doors or access a ramp entrance by following the sloped path from York Street, past the “Gairdner Building” sign, towards the library. At the top of the path, turn left to the Owens.

The closest accessible parking spaces are located on York Street across from the Owens.

Other Services

All resources are free and available from the front desk on any visit to the Owens. For further information please contact the Owens at 506-364-2574 or email [email protected]

EnChroma Colour-Enhancing Glasses

Three pairs of EnChroma glasses are available for visitors to borrow. This includes one pair for children (ages 10+), one pair for adults, and one fit-over pair for adult glasses wearers. EnChroma glasses allow visitors with red-green colour blindness the ability to see a broader spectrum of colours.

Ear Protection

Ear protection provides a sensory-friendly option for young visitors during busy public programs, or when experiencing installations with audio components.

Kindle E-Readers

Customizable large-print versions of all gallery text, including labels, wall text, video transcripts, and catalogue essays, are available on Kindle E-Readers. These Kindles also feature dyslexic font and text-to-speech options. Front desk staff are able to provide an introduction and support for Kindle users.

Captioning

When possible, the Owens provides open captioning for videos included in exhibitions. Transcripts are available on Kindle E-Readers at the front desk.

In front of a large painting, two hands hold a kindle e-reader. On the screen text reads "William Blaire Brice, Temps Passé, 1884, oil on canvas"