Tactual Museum in Greece

The Tactual Museum is one of only four such museums for the blind in the world. It allows blind people of all ages to touch and appreciate replicas of major artworks as well as architectural models of famous buildings and cultural objects.  

It is visited by blind as well as sighted people, and is a frequent trip destination for school children who are encouraged to close their eyes and perceive the world as a blind person would. The entrance fees come close to making the Tactual Museum operationally self-sustaining, but all new objects and replacements of damaged objects come from donations.

Your support can keep the Tactual Museum open. While the Tactual Museum is operationally almost self-sufficient, all new additions come from donations like yours.  Your donations will be targeted to commissioning and buying new displays and replicas, as well as for repairing existing displays that are damaged through the loving exploration of blind patrons. Click below to make a donation to keep these programs alive!

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  • Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of the blind. Marble
    Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of the blind. Marble
  • Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of the blind. Lifesize.
    Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of the blind. Lifesize.
  • For many this is their first understanding of any form of classical artwork.
    For many this is their first understanding of any form of classical artwork.
  • Delicate works of art and pottery that can only be viewed in glass cases in standard museums are available for touch exploration in the Tactual Museum
    Delicate works of art and pottery that can only be viewed in glass cases in standard museums are available for touch exploration in the Tactual Museum
  • Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of the blind. Bronze
    Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of the blind. Bronze
  • Large replicase of the friezes from the top of the Parthenon are reproduced in order to give the blind an idea of the craftsmanship that went into the detail of the classic temple.
    Large replicase of the friezes from the top of the Parthenon are reproduced in order to give the blind an idea of the craftsmanship that went into the detail of the classic temple.
  • Busts from classic Greece. These famous statues can be explored up close with fingers to feel the difference in workmanship in bronze vs marble statuary
    Busts from classic Greece. These famous statues can be explored up close with fingers to feel the difference in workmanship in bronze vs marble statuary
  • In this photo, Dimitra Asideri shows a raised relief of a classic Grecian vase where painted decorations stand higher than the background.
    In this photo, Dimitra Asideri shows a raised relief of a classic Grecian vase where painted decorations stand higher than the background.
  • Busts from some of classic Greece. These famous statues can be explored up close with fingers to feel the difference in workmanship in bronze vs marble statuary. Marble
    Busts from some of classic Greece. These famous statues can be explored up close with fingers to feel the difference in workmanship in bronze vs marble statuary. Marble
  • Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of blind people
    Famous statues and objects from classical Greece are reproduced in the Tactual Museum and placed in a setting where they can be explored by the hands of blind people
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American Friends of the Blind in Greece: Our Vision

The American Friends of the Blind in Greece works toward a day when blind and severely sight-impaired people in Greece have access to the best possible support and opportunities available to blind people worldwide.

 

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2017 The Need Continues

After decades of slowly improving circumstances for the sightless in Greece, conditions for the blind have taken a drastic downturn as a result of the faltering economy of Greece. If you have ever considered helping to improve the lives of others less fortunate than you, now is the perfect time to act.

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