As I was about to Visit the "Tactual Museum for the Blind" in Kallithea,Athens, Greece, I did not know what to expect, except that obviously there would nowhere be a " Do not touch " sign , which is common to most, if not all, of the "other" museums.
My first impression of the place was that it could well be any archaeological museum and not just for the blind. The only difference was observed in the signs of the exhibits , aside from the classical visible spelling ,there were also slides written in the Braille writing system for the visually impaired.
As the tour was about to begin , the blind director of the museum , Mrs. Demetra Asideri , in her office in the main building of the ...view middle of the document...
I decided to follow them and got involved into their conversation. "Have you seen the Museum before or is this your first time ? " I ask clumsly and clarify immediately : "I mean if you've ever been here before." " Well " one answered , which , as we learned later, was blind from birth. "I, when I watch TV , say ' I see' also, I never use the word ' hear ' ."
I close my eyes and try to " see " with my hands a statue. I am not doing well - and I'm not the only one Im sure!
This time the tour starts from the lower floor , the so-called Byzantine , " a room shaped like a chapel , which consists of a woodcarved temple, epitaphs and icons, as well as a model of a Byzantine Church and several religious artifacts."
In the upper rooms, the crowd spreads over and people are touching to "see" exhibits from prehistoric times , with collections of Cycladic , Minoan and Mycenaean civilization , until the classical era, the Hellenistic and Roman times .
"We try to have cooperation with other museums in the country ," adds Mrs. Asideri " and we have attended many conferences to tell our opinion and to meet other people who work in "other" museums....