Cheekwood is committed to making its exhibitions, programs and services as accessible as possible, and is actively working to make its grounds and facilities user-friendly. However, due to the historic nature of much of the gardens and the mansion, some areas may present challenges to those in wheelchairs, or who have difficulty walking or climbing, as well as those with strollers.

Entrance / Paths

In Parking Lot A, Cheekwood has reserved parking spaces for those with mobility challenges. Cheekwood’s grounds are accessible by paved pathways throughout the gardens and leading to the museum. Many garden areas can be reached in a variety of ways, including stair-free options for most specialty gardens. Wheelchair ramps and an elevator are available at the Historic Mansion & Museum. However, due to the historic nature of the institution, certain paths may be narrow, uneven, or steep, and select rooms inaccessible by wheelchair. In addition, the Sitting Room, Library, and Recreation Room are not accessible inside the mansion.


Accessible restrooms are located in each building.


Cheekwood provides manually operated wheelchairs as a courtesy to our guests. They are available on a first come, first served basis and can be checked-out from a representative in the Admissions Office.

Pre-Visit Planning Resources

Cheekwood has partnered with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s TRIAD (Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders) to develop resources designed to help families have a welcoming and enriching experience. As a TRIAD Community Partner, Cheekwood engages in a staff training, modifies existing programs, and develops evidence-based supports and resources for use by their guests. By providing support to families through direct teaching and practice, and by providing ongoing support to local organizations, TRIAD is developing a dynamic network to help families feel comfortable navigating their own community. From arriving at Cheekwood to touring the gardens to taking part in different activities, these Social Stories™ are meant to assist families as they prepare for their visit.

Using a Social Story Tip Sheet

Using a Visual Schedule Tip Sheet

Cheekwood Social Story – Visual Narrative

Cheekwood Social Story – Detailed

Cheekwood Social Story – Brief

Cheekwood Visual Schedule 

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