ACCESSIBLE MUSEUMS – NEW INITiATIVES AN INNOVATION IN TOURISM

After a year, in which tourism is being hit hard by the current health crisis, an unprecedented crisis in the sector, but thanks to vaccines, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This parenthesis has made all this time take advantage of, to raise and think, about the multitude of specialties related to tourism, in which each student can take advantage of, and train for future practices and jobs.

In Spain, awareness of accessible tourism is expanding to all sectors. Within all of them, the museums are working on a plan dedicated to promoting accessibility for people with different types of disabilities, facilitating their access and adapting it so that they enjoy the museum like any other person.

Examples of different museums in Madrid

The Museo Nacional del Prado has audio descriptions adapted from a selection of 50 masterpieces so that blind or low vision people can make a free visit. Of course, the Prado Museum does not have podotactile signage, so it is recommended to always go with a sighted companion.

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía has long programmed the Museo a Mano tactile visit that brings visually impaired people closer to learning about sculptures through tactile exploration.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers its visitors with hearing disabilities sign guides with subtitles and in Spanish Sign Language, which can also be consulted on its website. In addition, it has magnetic induction loops at information desks, lockers, audio guides, shop and cloakroom.

There is a real existing demand in companies that are looking for people, who want to work as accompanying Guides, of disabled people, facilitating access to museums, taking care of their tickets, accompanying them at all times and carrying out all the procedures so that the visit of these people, it is done in the best possible way.

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