Guided Tours for the Visually-Impaired
A Journey of Discovery for visually-impaired and blind children and teenagers. Starting in autumn 2011, the Kunsthistorisches Museum offers visually-impaired and blind visitors a totally new way of experiencing paintings. Until now, visually-impaired visitors were only able to enjoy a painting, to comprehend its composition and subject matter in a dialogue with a docent. But specially-developed technology has made it possible to transpose a painting into a 3-D relief that visually-impaired visitors can touch and feel. It enables them to understand the basic elements of the composition – directly and on their own. This tactile experience is enhanced by verbal explanations from one of the museum’s docents. We also offer a brochure in Braille with additional information on the painting as well as a description written for the visually-impaired of the work in question. In addition, tactile objects connected with the painting or objects depicted on it help to deepen these new experiences.
This project is supported by the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture, with KulturKontakt Austria acting as consultant and advisor; it was implemented in collaboration with the Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs GmbH.