Accessibility for all Visitors

Hastings Museum is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive culture that welcomes and values all people.

Hastings Museum and Theatre are wheelchair and handicapped accessible. Handicap parking is available, and the Museum has automatic doors for those needing assistance.

Please call the Museum if you have any questions or concerns at 402-461-2399. Our mailing address is 1330 N. Burlington Ave, Hastings, NE, 68901.

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Sensory Packs

These packs include fidget toys, chewy monkey straws, putty, headphones, visual schedule, and a sensory friendly map of the Museum. These are available for check out at the front desk.

Spanish Language

We have Museum searches, select Planetarium shows, select Planetarium open captions, and exhibit text written in Spanish. Spanish shows do need to be pre-booked.

Theatre Audio

Some of our films offer audio descriptions of what is happening on the screen. Headphones for these audio descriptions can be checked out at the front desk. Some of our films also have closed captioning.

Parent Room, Calm Down Space

This space is located on our top floor and provides a space for nursing mothers, baby changing station, and a remote quiet space if someone is experiencing sensory overload.

Social Narrative with Photos

Link here for for a social narrative with photos. It can be a great tool for anyone who benefits from advance notification of sounds, lights, and interactions.

Planetarium Open Captioning

Most of our Full Dome Shows have the option to have open captioning upon request. To see if the current Full Dome show has OC, check out this link. (Scroll down to pages 4 and 5.)

Visual Schedules

This schedule includes pictures of all exhibits, restrooms, and various activities around the Museum. You can create your schedule and move them after each task is completed. It can also work as a “first, then” schedule. For people who benefit from a visual representation of their day at the museum, this is a great tool to check out. These are available for check out at the front desk.