The Science Mine's permanent collection of interactive exhibits and offices is located in the historic Sears Building, a mixed-use five-story facility with 34 residential apartments on floors two through five, businesses located on the ground floor, and the Science Mine occupying the sub-basement.
The building has been completely rennovated including an elevator to the Science Mine, accessible bathrooms within the building, and exhibit space configured to accommodate those with mobility challenges, including ramp access to different exhibit space areas.
Members and visitors to the Science Mine are able to park in designated parking spaces with ramp access to the sidewalk very close to the building. From there, access to the building is through automatic doors into the building lobby. When the Science Mine is open to the public, access to the elevator is through an open doorway into the secure side of the building lobby. Taking the elevator down to the sub-basement will place visitors leaving the elevator facing the double-doors leading into the main exhibit space.
Accessible bathrooms may be reached by using the elevator from the Science Mine Exhibit area and traveling up just one floor. Upon leaving the elevator, both the men's and women's restrooms may be accessed via the hallway.
Admission to the Science Mine is free for anyone accompanying and assisting individuals with mobility impairments.
The Science Mine is a hands-on exploration-based science center designed to have visitors engage with the exhibits and explore their phenomena. None of the exhibits are accompanied by any kind of guided audio. Instead, visitors learn how best to explore the exhibit by being hands-on and digging into the exhibit. Therefore there are no assistive listening devices in used at the Science Mine.
From time to time the Science Mine will sponsor lectures provided to its membership as well as those who purchase tickets for such events. These events are used as both fundraisers for the Center as well as part of our citizen science initiative called Cosmic Connetion. During these events, every effort is made to accommodate those with hearing impairments by placing such individuals as close to the presenter as possible.
When the Science Mine is participating in an event away from its permanent location, it will comply and make use of any assistive listening devices available at the remove venue. In this way, when presenting to larger groups who may not be able to be easily arranged to accommodate hearing impairments, assistive listening devices - if available at the venue - will be used.
Please reach out and contact the Science Mine if you, or someone in your party, is planning to come to the Science Mine when open to the public, for a special event, or to a venue at which the Science Mine is a participatnt and have a hearing impariment. Often times, with enough notice, accommodations can be made to enhance the enjoyment and level of participation of all those who are able to attend such events.
Visitors to the Science Mine with visual impairments should contact the Science Mine to ensure a docent is available to assist with the engagement and enjoyment of the exhibits to be explored. Docents will be available to help answer any questions about the exhibits, describe phenomena occuring during interaction with the exhibit, and assist visitors with exhibit engagement.
Where possible, static signage and digital signage can be made available in larger script/font-size. The Science Mine continues to improve its signage to enhance the enjoyment and participation of all visiotrs. This is an on-going process of improvement. Please contact the Science Mine staff with any suggestions on improvement and to request assistance.
The Science Mine is committed to making its website accessible and usable for all people with disabilities. Over time, we will be implementing the relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA). This will also bring our website into conformance with the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board.
These efforts are a work in progress. If you have questions or concerns about the accessibility of a particular web page, please contact us. When reporting an accessibility issue, please specify the web page URL in your e-mail. We will make all reasonable efforts to make that page accessible for you.
Service animals are always welcome inside the Science Mine.