Our museum is entirely wheelchair accessible, along with a gender neutral, family bathroom.

You are welcome to take pictures in all areas of the museum! We ask that you refrain from using flash.

Did you get a great shot? We love it when guests share their photos by tagging #MMNH. Your picture may even end up in our marketing materials! You can email your photos to

Artists are invited to bring their sketch pads. Pencil and charcoal are approved drawing materials.

*During any point of your visit at the Midwest Museum of Natural History, you and anyone in your party may be photographed, videotaped, or recorded for program representations, media release or for other program promotional purposes. By entering and paying admission to the Museum, you are giving permission and the right for the Midwest Museum of Natural History to use your likeness for these intentions. The photos and videos become the property of the Midwest Museum of Natural History for their use, and will not be financially compensated for.*

Touching our mounted animals will damage their preservation, so please don’t touch the animals on exhibit.

Live animals may be presented in educational programs. Please do not approach or touch the live animals without a Museum representative’s invitation.

*Live reptiles can be carriers of salmonella and other bacterial diseases. If you are in contact with any of our live animals at our museum or at one of our events, our animal handlers will have hand sanitizer available for your use. It is your full responsibility to use the sanitizer we provide or to wash your hands if you would prefer. The Midwest Museum of Natural History is not liable for any medical treatment required after contracting a reptile-borne illness.*

The Oasis Room on our lower level is a great place to rest while eating your lunch; no food or drink is allowed elsewhere in the museum. There may be dates that the Oasis Room is booked for events, so please call before your visit to make sure you'll have access to a table for lunch. If you need suggestions for local restaurants, we are happy to point you in the direction of some of the best food in town!