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Visually Impaired Museum Tours

Design Museum Provides Tours for Blind and Partially Blind Guests

— June 19, 2015 — Social Good
Design Museum offers blind and partially blind guests to partake in museum tours through excursions called 'touch tours.' The tours are free for all guests and allow interaction between the art displays and the guests.

Each tour consists of a tour guide and a group of people. The groups contain two to six guests, which allows for a very personalized experience. Each museum tour lasts an hour and a half and provides guests with full access to the Design Museum.

Through the act of touching and feeling the art, as well as being guided through the museum with vocal aids, each guest can experience the amazing installations. There is an increased amount of vocal communication and conversational interaction between the tour guide and guests to ensure the guests are provided with complete details and are fully informed on each piece of artwork they encounter on their tour.
Trend Themes
1. Touch Tours for Visually Impaired - Designing immersive touch tours for visually impaired individuals in museums can create a more inclusive and enriching experience.
2. Personalized Museum Experiences - Providing smaller group sizes and personalized tours can enhance engagement and satisfaction for all museum visitors, including the visually impaired.
3. Increased Vocal Interaction - Emphasizing vocal communication and conversational interaction during museum tours can improve accessibility and understanding for visually impaired guests.
Industry Implications
1. Museums and Galleries - Museums and galleries can embrace touch tours and personalized experiences to make their exhibitions more accessible to visually impaired individuals.
2. Tourism and Hospitality - The tourism and hospitality industry can explore the potential of inclusive museum experiences for visually impaired guests, offering unique and memorable tours.
3. Accessibility and Inclusive Design - Companies specializing in accessibility and inclusive design solutions can collaborate with museums to develop innovative approaches for visually impaired individuals to engage with art and exhibits.
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