Accessibility at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

 
The Durant-Kenrick House has one parking space for people with disabilities adjacent to the main entrance.

  • The main entrance is accessible by a wooden ramp from the parking area to the door. The museum’s two fully accessible restrooms are located in the museum lobby on the ground floor. There are no steps between rooms on the ground floor, but doorways are narrower than 32 inches. Rooms on the ground floor are carpeted and the hallways and staircase to the second floor are wood. The ground floor features:
  • 18th-century kitchen
  • 18th-century parlor, which contains audio recordings that play automatically when visitors enter the room. The audio recordings relate to Newton residents’ perspectives on the events leading to the American Revolution. Contact Max Metz at 617-641-9412 or mmetz@newtonma.gov for a transcript.
  • 19th-century parlor
  • 20th-century study, which contains information about the Dewing family presented on an iPad.
  • Hallway exhibit about how land use changed over time

The Frances R. Dewing Educational Center—a multipurpose classroom/meeting space—is also on the first floor of the museum. There is an interior entrance to the Center from the museum’s lobby and exterior entrances from the wooden deck that wraps around the room.

The second floor is accessible by wooden stairs or by an elevator in the museum lobby. There are two rooms on the second floor that require visitors to go up two steps. Doorways on the second floor are narrower than 32 inches. The second floor features:

  • Activity Center with games and activities
  • 18th-century bedroom located 2 steps up from the Activity Center. The museum has an iPad with photos of the contents of the room, close-ups of label text, and a video of a museum docent touring the room and providing commentary. Please inquire at the front desk or call 617-641-9142 in advance to request the iPad.
  • 19th-century bedroom located across the hall from the 18th-century bedroom. Visitors can enter the room from the main stairs or through the 18th-century bedroom from the Activity Center. The 19th-century bedroom contains a video that plays when visitors enter the room. The museum has an iPad with photos of the contents of the room, a copy of the video that plays in the room, close-ups of label text, and a video of a museum docent touring the room and providing commentary. Please inquire at the front desk or call 617-641-9142 in advance to request the iPad or for a transcript of the video.
  • Hallway exhibit about slavery and the enslaved people who lived in the house and served the Durant family in the 18th century.

The Durant-Kenrick Grounds are mostly grassy lawns.

  • A crushed gravel path bisects the lawn on the northern side of the house from the Kenrick Street sidewalk to the Durant-Kenrick House. 
  • The back yard, slopes downward from the parking lot with the section near the parking lot being steeper than the rear section of the yard. Please contact Max Metz at 617-941-9142 or mmetz@newtonma.gov for more detailed information about the grounds.  

We are always happy to help any visitor without prior notification. However, we recommend that visitors who require assistance call 617-641-9142 in advance to alert staff.    

To arrange for an ASL interpreter for public programs at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds,  or if you would like to schedule a guided tour, please contact Max Metz at 617-641-9142 or mmetz@newtonma.gov. Additional fees may apply.