Touch Tours for the blind

Following a successful pilot season in the fall of 2012, the “Insights into Ancient Egypt” Touch Tours program at the Penn Museum, designed with and for Museum visitors who are blind or have low vision, is expanding after extensive input and feedback from members of the community.

The second season of the “Insights into Ancient Egypt” Touch Tour offers longer visits and a host of innovative changes. The program expands from one to two hours, as guests are invited to discover ancient Egyptian culture through a new classroom learning experience, with tactile diagrams, through connections with both long-time Museum docents and new assistant docents with visual impairment, and through new opportunities for artistic expression. The central gallery experience —exploring through touch several ancient Egyptian artifacts on display—continues with new pieces and specially made replicas.

Originally published on December 12, 2013