The MAN presents its accessibility programme

Fecha: 26/05/2014

Tipo de actividad: Nota de prensa

Press conference

This morning the National Archaeological Museum presented its accessibility programme for persons with disabilities, which features a variety of new resources designed to ensure that all visitors have access to its facilities and to information on the different galleries and pieces on display.

To develop and launch this project, the museum has received assistance from the ONCE (Spanish National Organisation for the Blind) and Fundación CNSE in eliminating communications barriers, and has benefitted from the generous support of Fundación Orange.

On 1 April of this year, the museum reopened after extensive remodelling which was seized as an opportunity to make changes that would significantly improve accessibility. The most significant change has been the entrance, which is now located on the side of the building and fitted with steps as well as a gently sloping ramp designed with wheelchair users in mind. The museum has also modified its architectural layout by incorporating spacious lifts and adapted toilets.

Estación táctil

In addition, blind visitors will find 17 new tactile displays located throughout the permanent exhibition. These displays contain accurate replicas of original artefacts, tactile reliefs, models and maps and include texts in large print and Braille. Visually impaired visitors can also listen to commentaries at the different stations thanks to a special app on our multimedia guide.

The general directory in the ticket sales area and the specific directories for each floor have also been adapted to facilitate the movements and spatial orientation of visitors with visual impairments. This signage is designed to be read by touch and offers information about the building and the location of its spaces and services.

Presentacion guia en lengua de signos

For visitors with hearing impairments, the multimedia guides (which contain 300 commentaries with images, videos and subtitles in Spanish and English) feature videos where all the contents are conveyed in sign language. Induction loops are also available at visitor service desks and for all audiovisual productions in the exhibition.

The museum director, Andrés Carretero, noted that “the support and assistance of the experts from the ONCE’s Personal Autonomy Division and the CNSE have been vital in giving us a better understanding of these visitors’ needs”. He also emphasised that the accessibility programme is still a work-in-progress, and that the museum will continue to make improvements as new technology becomes available that can help disabled people to move through their surroundings with greater ease and autonomy.