The Oberlin Review

Museums Lack Accessibility

Katie Lucey, Contributing Writer

March 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In art museums around the world, one warning sign is ubiquitous in every gallery: “Please do not touch the art.” But what if a visitor’s sense of touch is the best way for them to interact with art? Institutions of culture and learning should offer programs that encourage a physical relationship between the viewer and the artwork —if not for all visitors, then certainly for blind and low-vision patrons. Most museums center their exhibitions and educational programming around nondisabled people. What most people tend to do at museums —that is, look at art —can be a difficult and sometimes impossible task for visitors with sensory disabilities. Traditional museum practices, like tours that require visitor...

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