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Detroit Institute of Arts Takes Steps to Improve Building Accessibility with Automatic Doors Throughout the Museum | Project was completed through a grant award from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs

Updated Feb 1, 2022

DETROIT (February 1, 2022) The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) recently completed the installation of automatic doors in twenty separate locations throughout the museum as part of the museum’s Accessible Doors Project (ADP).

The ADP project was completed with the support of a 2020 Capital Improvements Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The completion of the project has made the museum more accessible to differently abled visitors, improved emergency egress for safety, and resolved entry and exit issues related to opening doors that required more than five pounds of pressure.

The DIA is grateful to the MCACA for its support of this important project that has facilitated greater accessibility for seniors, people with different abilities, and visitors with limited mobility. The improvement and maintenance of the building, grounds, and amenities supports our goals of enhancing the visitor experience and our neighborhood,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA Director. “This grant allowed us to remove barriers that prevented people with disabilities from connecting with our art collection and diverse programming."

In total, 28 accessible doors were installed in 20 separate locations in both public and staff areas of the museum. They are activated by push plate or touchless sensors.

The new doors are available in the following public areas:

  • All public restrooms
  • The John R entrance to and from the Learning Center
  • Doors between the John R entrance and Prentis Court
  • The Native American gallery doors near the Farnsworth entrance
  • The doors leading into the Schwartz Print and Drawing galleries from Prentis Court
  • The entrance to the De Salle Photography gallery
  • The Asian gallery suite to and from the Kirby Lobby

The museum has existing automatic doors at the John R and Kirby St. entrances to the museum.

New Openers/Closers were installed on all twelve of the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) Lobby doors ensuring safer access for visitors and staff whether the DFT is open or closed to the public. 

DETROIT (February 1, 2022) The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) recently completed the installation of automatic doors in twenty separate locations throughout the museum as part of the museum’s Accessible Doors Project (ADP).

The ADP project was completed with the support of a 2020 Capital Improvements Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The completion of the project has made the museum more accessible to differently abled visitors, improved emergency egress for safety, and resolved entry and exit issues related to opening doors that required more than five pounds of pressure.

The DIA is grateful to the MCACA for its support of this important project that has facilitated greater accessibility for seniors, people with different abilities, and visitors with limited mobility. The improvement and maintenance of the building, grounds, and amenities supports our goals of enhancing the visitor experience and our neighborhood,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA Director. “This grant allowed us to remove barriers that prevented people with disabilities from connecting with our art collection and diverse programming."

In total, 28 accessible doors were installed in 20 separate locations in both public and staff areas of the museum. They are activated by push plate or touchless sensors.

The new doors are available in the following public areas:

  • All public restrooms
  • The John R entrance to and from the Learning Center
  • Doors between the John R entrance and Prentis Court
  • The Native American gallery doors near the Farnsworth entrance
  • The doors leading into the Schwartz Print and Drawing galleries from Prentis Court
  • The entrance to the De Salle Photography gallery
  • The Asian gallery suite to and from the Kirby Lobby

The museum has existing automatic doors at the John R and Kirby St. entrances to the museum.

New Openers/Closers were installed on all twelve of the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) Lobby doors ensuring safer access for visitors and staff whether the DFT is open or closed to the public.