The Tactual Museum of Athens: The Tactual Museum of Athens was established in 1984 by the Lighthouse for the Blind, a Greek association for people with vision impairments.
It aims to give people with sight problems the opportunity to feel some of the world's greatest monuments by touching precise copies of them. The museum is also accessible to people with mobility limitations.
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All the sculptures, statues and vessels of the Tactual Museum are original-sized replicas of the authentic works displayed at the regular museums, such as the Venus de Milo, the Hermes of Praxiteles and other famous works. The exhibits belong to many historical periods, from the prehistoric to the modern times. Among other artists, the museum also houses the works of the blind sculptor Petros Roukoutakis. In addition, it has an exhibition dedicated to the Olympic Games and the Paralympics, housed on the ground floor.
The museum includes descriptive signs in Braille and enlarged letters for those who are visually impaired to some extent. Furthermore, there is an automatic tour guide that gives information to the visitors in both Greek and English. Some of the tours are also guided by the manager of the museum. Moreover, the Lighthouse for the Blind has a Ceramic and Sculpture Studio, where visually impaired people have the chance to create their own artworks, some of which are also displayed in the museum.
The Tactual Museum can also be visited by sighted people, who are given a mask and are allowed to touch the exhibits. The museum opens a whole new world of sensations, not only to the visually impaired but to all people!
The museum is open from 09:00 to 14:00 on weekdays (Monday-Friday).
There are many ways to reach the Tactual Museum from any location in Athens.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: (0030) 18288, (0030) 18222, (0030) 18180. You can also book your taxi online.
Car rental: There is the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover the Tactual Museum and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.
By bus/trolleybus: The closest bus stop is "Interamerikan". Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.