Approaching art from a new angle
The Kunsthistorisches Museum introduced a unique new service for blind and deaf visitors. Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection belonging to the Picture Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts have been turned into 3D reliefs for touching. High-resolution photos of Raffael's Madonna in Green, Albrecht Dürer's Madonna and Child, and Jean Fouquet's Gonella the Ferrera Court Jester were the starting point for the milled reliefs which provide an accurate portrayal of the masterpieces' construction and numerous details. A braille brochure and tour guides supply additional information on the pictures. Registration is required for the tactile tours. Further information
The Upper Belvedere organizes special guided tours for blind and visually impaired people. Tactile reliefs of Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" and a model of Egon Schiele's painting "Crouching Couple (The Family)" enable a tangible art experience.
The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art offers visually impaired and blind people a tour of the show collection's highlights on request and gives visually impaired and blind visitors an opportunity to handle a selection of its outstanding wooden and ceramic exhibits. The Roman Museum in the first district is another place where visually impaired visitors are treated to a hands-on experience.
A 1:2000 scale bronze model of the summer residence of the Habsburgers has been set up at the main entrance to Schönbrunn Palace. This gives visually impaired and blind people the possibility to get a better idea of the size and scale of the palace and the Ehrenhof in front of it. Blind and visually impaired people are also offered special tours, on which visitors can touch selected objects.
Deaf visitors have access to multimedia guides in Austrian sign language in Schönbrunn Palace, the Dom Museum Wien, and the Roman Museum. A multimedia guide in International Sign (IS) is also available at Schönbrunn Palace. Most of Vienna's museums also offer guided tours in sign language on request.
Multimedia guides with Austrian sign language are available for deaf visitors to Schönbrunn Palace, the Upper Belvedere and the Roman Museum.