The Tactual Museum of Athens: The Tactual Museum of Athens was established in 1984 by the Lighthouse for the Blind, a Greek association. It aim to give people with sight problems the opportunity to feel by the touch some of the world's greatest monumets. The museum can be entered by 17, Athinas St, and it is also accessible for people with mobility limitations.
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 Aphrodite of Milos, 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 works of the blind sculptor Petros Roukoutakis. In addition, it has an exhibition dedicated to the Olympic Games and the Paralympics, housed in the ground floor.
The museum includes descriptive signs in Braille and enlarged letters for those who are not completely blind. 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 artworks, some of which are also displayed on the Tactual 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 also to the sighted people.