The Empathetic Museum: How Art Can Reach Everyone

The United Nations proclaimed 3 December the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”. Since 2014 the Deutsches Historisches Museum has increasingly worked to develop its offerings and make its exhibitions accessible to all visitors. The most recent exhibition, “1917. Revolution. Russia and Europe” continues this initiative. Inclusive offers in the exhibition invite visitors to engage in a participatory introduction to each topic, and provide information in German and English, as well as Braille, plain language, and sign language (in video format). In her column for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Nadia S. Zaboura illuminates the new channels for communication and outreach which empathetic museums and other cultural institutions are adopting.

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