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Guidelines to ensure accessibility to museums and exhibitions for the blind and partially sighted


A visit to a museum, whether of art, local history or technology, is just as worthwhile for the blind and partially sighted as it is for visitors without visual impairments. In order to make it easier for the blind and partially sighted to visit museums and exhibitions autonomously, the Coordination Unit on Tourism of the German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (Reg. Ass.) took the public discussion on this topic into consideration and then proceeded to make the following recommendations at its annual conference in Essen in 2010.

Table of Contents

A few words regarding implementation: ...2
Important terms: ...3
Accessibility: ...3

  • Large print: ... 3
  • Visual contrast: ...3
  • Tactile guidance system: ...3
  • Attention fields: ... 4
  • Accessible internet:..4

The recommendations ..5
1. Agreement of planning and integration of target group in project execution ..5
2. Information about the institution/exhibition ..5
3. Accessibility to outdoor areas ...5
4. Accessibility to indoor areas ..6
4.1 Foyer ..6
4.2 Exhibition halls ...
5. Exhibits ...7
6. Guided tours ..7
7. Miscellaneous ...8

Download the guidelines in pdf format from the right hand panel (English version).

8 November 2012 - a Spanish Translation of the Guidelines is now available and can be downloaded from the right.hand panel.

The German and Spanish versions of the guidelines were prepared by the Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin e.V. (LMB - Berlin Museums Association).

Visit the accessibility pages of Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin.

Spanish Translation provided by Creaccesible, S.L.


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General Information

Submitted by: Ivor Ambrose
Author(s): Landesverband Museen Berlin
Language(s): DE | EN


Publisher: Coordination Unit on Tourism of the German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted


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