“Berlinische Galerie – an inclusive Guide” – A unique project in the German museum world

Eine Frau sitzt auf einer Bank, berührt ein Tastmodell und hält ihr Handy in der Hand.[en:]A woman is sitting on a bench, touching a tactile model and holding a mobile phone.

Berlinische Galerie presents a unique project in the German museum world since October. The permanent exhibition Art in Berlin 1880-1980 is now accessible to blind and visually impaired visitors. Seven tactile models, a tactile map and a guidance system are now part of the museum visit. A highlight is the museum app "Berlinische Galerie - an inclusive Guide", which contains 17 stations and accompanies visitors during the tour through the Berlinische Galerie.

The Berlinische Galerie and the German Federation of Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV) encouraged the implementation of the inclusive art experience.

We, shoutr labs, were responsible for the technical realisation. The accessible app is an inclusive multimedia guide and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store even prior to a visit. The guide offers pictures for enlargement as well as descriptive audio, explanations of the tactile models or orientation. While using the app, visitors can choose between different tours and can also use the guide without automatic triggering.

In the future the Berlinische Galerie plans new content with German sign language or easy language.

The project was funded by Aktion Mensch and the Senate Administration for Culture and Europe.

Visitors of the Berlinische Galerie can experience the museum app "Berlinische Galerie - an inclusive Guide" through guided tours or independently in the Berlinische Galerie as well as at home.

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