Accessible Museum

The Berlinische Galerie takes the right to equal participation in cultural life seriously and is actively promoting the process towards becoming an accessible, inclusive museum.

Berlinische Galerie, Foto: © Daniel Müller
Berlinische Galerie, Foto: © Daniel Müller

Visitors with impaired mobility

The Berlinische Galerie is accessible to visitors with impaired mobility. The museum building itself, all the exhibition and event spaces, and Café Dix can be accessed without barriers in a wheelchair. The entrance to the museum is on ground level. You will find a power-assisted door in the glass façade about 5 meters to the right of the main door. The temporary exhibitions are displayed on the ground floor. The exhibition rooms on the upper floor can be reached by a lift that also accommodates wheelchairs. There is a disabled-access toilet by the cloakroom in the museum foyer. This door is opened by pressing a button.

Mobile seating and two folding wheelchairs can be borrowed free of charge from the cloakroom.

Visitors with impaired vision

A tactile floor guidance system provides orientation for visitors of little or no sight. It consists of double-strip line markings with attention fields for museum features such as the ticket counter, cloakroom, lift, toilets and permanent exhibition space on the upper floor. A tactile plan and an audio guide to the museum can be borrowed at the ticket counter. The guide is also available as an app and can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store for Apple iOS or the Google Play Store for Android. Moreover, the app offers tips for orientation which, in combination with the tactile floor guidance, facilitate an independent visit to the museum.

Seven major works in the current selection from the permanent collection can be explored by touch. “Synthetic Musician” by Ivan Puni and “Door” by Werner Heldt have been translated into a tactile format. Touch models made of different materials like felt, textiles and wood convey a three-dimensional, material impression of the original.
Anyone who has visited a museum is familiar with the temptation to touch the works – and now it is a real option. Not only our blind visitors seize this opportunity: everyone, including children and families, can now appreciate the art through two senses thanks to the tactile models. Guided touch tours to both the permanent and temporary exhibitions take place regularly.

Guide dogs for the blind are allowed in the museum.

Offers in German Sign Language

There are regular art talks and guided tours taking place in German Sign Language (DGS). Speeches at exhibition openings are also translated into DGS.

Reduced ad­mission for visitors with severe dis­abilities

Visitors with severe disabilities: Free entry for a recognised helper

Inclusive education programme

The Berlinische Galerie offers regular education formats tailored to the various needs of visitors with disabilities. Upcoming events and detailed information can be found in our calendar.

An inclusive audioguide

The audioguide app invites visitors to take a closer look at the permanent exhibition - including detailed image descriptions for blind and visually impaired visitors.

Contact

Andreas Krüger

Accessibility and Inclusion Officer
Phone +49 030-789 02-832
krueger@berlinischegalerie.de

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