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Accessibility Commitment

MSVU Art Gallery strives to make its collections, exhibitions, programs and services accessible to all visitors. This includes ensuring a safe, dignified and welcoming environment that complies with and exceeds accessibility legislation and regulations. To uphold this commitment, MSVU Art Gallery is dedicated to identifying, preventing and removing barriers to participation for all. If concerns arise while visiting the Gallery, visitors are encouraged to discuss the issue with the Gallery Attendant on duty or contact the Gallery Director by phone or email at any time.

Information about accessibility for exhibitions and events is available below and on the Interpretive Services and Plan Your Visit sections of the MSVU Art Gallery website.

About the Art Gallery Space

MSVU Art Gallery has a large exhibition space and a smaller mezzanine gallery on the second floor, which can be reached via stairs inside the Gallery or a nearby elevator (visit Plan Your Visit for more details). The floor is level in all gallery spaces and on-site seating includes benches and chairs. Lighting and noise levels in the space varies depending on exhibition design.

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Automated Doors

The main entrance of Seton Academic Centre, where MSVU Art Gallery is located, has a power-operated door. The Gallery’s main entrance and office entrance also have power-operated doors. The Gallery’s sole external entrance does not yet have a power-operated door. For more information on entrances visit Plan Your Visit.


Some exhibitions include continuous or ambient audio as part of the art on display. Disposable earplugs are available to visitors at the Gallery Attendant desk.

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Elevators are available to access both levels of the Gallery. Operating buttons are 135 cm above the floor and may be difficult to reach for some people or certain kinds of wheelchairs – Gallery Attendants can assist with elevators.

Health & Safety Measures

Face masks are recommended but not mandatory when visiting MSVU Art Gallery. Disposable face masks and hand sanitizer are available at the Gallery Attendant desk. Additional cleaning protocols are in place for any high-touch objects within an exhibition and physical distancing is easily achievable in the gallery spaces.

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Service Animals

Certified service animals are welcome in the Art Gallery and drinking water is available upon request.

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Viewing Height

Artworks are installed at a lower viewing level whenever possible.

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There are multi-stall gendered washrooms located near the Gallery’s main entrance; these washrooms do not have automated doors. An accessible, single-stall washroom with automated door is located on the 4th floor of the building. It is reachable by elevator and Gallery Attendants can assist visitors in finding this washroom.

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Water Fountain

A water fountain is located near the Gallery’s main entrance.

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Wheelchair Loan

A manual wheelchair available for visitors to borrow during their visit.