First accessible museum of the COME-IN! project
The launching event of the Archaeological Museum of Udine, Italy held on November 9th, 2017
The COME-IN! project is proud to announce that the Archaeological Museum of Udine is the first museum of the consortium to have successfully adopted and applied COME-IN! Guidelines for accessible museums and exhibitions. After several months of hard work numerous interventions have been carried out: the elevator was adapted and can now be used autonomously, a toilet for all has been built and changing tables have been added to toilets. Finally, a lounge room has been created to take some rest during visits.
Besides the physical access, numerous efforts have been made to improve the communication and information for the visitors: revision of signs, brochures in braille/ simplified language/ Italian, English, German and Slovene language, orientation maps with interest points and accessible areas and tactile maps have been developed.
Last but not least, the museum has been transformed into a real multisensory museum, by adding 3D and tactile elements, tablets with descriptions in simplified language and Italian/English language, multi-sensory stations, etc.
To launch the newly accessible museum a launching event has been organized on November 9th 2017, attended by numerous local and regional authorities, associations of disabled people, academics and museum operators. Strong support and intention to proceed with further interventions for accessibility in other cultural sites all over region was underlined by several authorities.
The event ended with the visit to the temporary multi-sensory and fully accessible exhibition entitled “Women, Mothers, Goddesses” – Universal Languages and Metaphors in the Prehistoric Art, representing a journey through 40.000 years of evolution of the spiritual, symbolic and metaphoric human system between Central and South-Eastern Europe.
The exhibition opened to the public on November 11th, 2017 and it will remain open until February 11th 2018. During the first two weeks from the opening, until November 26th 2017, the exhibition and guided visits to the Archaeological Museum of Udine will be free of charge.