Touch Tours

Touch Tours

The Columbus Museum offers an innovative new program developed to help individuals who are blind or have low vision enjoy art through the use of alternate senses.  During a Touch Tour, specially trained guides describe works of art in the museum’s permanent collection through the use of a detailed visual description.  Each of these descriptions are carefully crafted to allow participants to mentally envision the pieces highlighted and to provide historical and artistic context.  To enhance the experience, specially crafted raised line images, or tactile, of these pieces are used for individuals to touch.  In some cases, music and sound effects are also played to communicate emotion and to emphasize elements in the visual descriptions.   Imagine hearing that artist Stuart Davis loved jazz and after listening to a visual description of this artwork, hearing a composition by Miles Davis, or learning about an abstract work of by Robert Motherwell that was inspired by the waves of the ocean and then hearing the crashing of the waves and the seagulls overhead.  With a Touch Tour, participants get a unique and in-depth sensory experience that will transform their museum visit.

Imagine hearing that artist Stuart Davis loved jazz and after listening to a visual description of this artwork, hearing a composition by Miles Davis, or learning about an abstract work of by Robert Motherwell that was inspired by the waves of the ocean and then hearing the crashing of the waves and the seagulls overhead.  With a Touch Tour, participants get a unique and in-depth sensory experience that will transform their museum visit.

This free program is updated on a regular basis and may include new or additional components for your enjoyment.  Each tour is about an hour in length.   Touch Tours can be reserved by groups or individuals.  For more information about this program or to schedule a Touch Tour, please contact the Education Department at edu@columbusmuseum.com.

 

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