Paseo del Arte for disabled visitors

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Currently, all audiences, including people who’re blind, partially sighted, hard of hearing, wheelchair users or cognitively impaired, can enjoy Paseo del Arte (Art Walk). The area boasts three major art centres: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. All three hold cultural events and put on programmes accessible to everyone.

REDUCED MOBILITY AND WHEELCHAIR USERS

The three museums on Paseo del Arte have adapted their buildings, making them step-free and offering toilets for visitors with disabilities. No architectural barriers are found in the way of wheelchairs in the rooms exhibiting either permanent or travelling exhibitions. Also, disabled visitors are welcomed at the conferences, concerts and other activities held in the museums, which make wheelchairs and walking sticks available to everyone who needs them.

Designated parking spaces can be found in the Goya entrance to the Prado Museum. If you’re a disabled visitor, please call the Visitor Service Centre (902 10 70 77) 48 hours in advance to book your space. Disabled visitors who come to the Reina Sofía Museum in their own vehicles can park them in the loading bay. They must show the security agent their admission ticket to be allowed to park here.

 

HEARING-IMPAIRED VISITORS

The hearing impaired persons should be able to participate in many of the activities in the three museums of the Paseo del Arte.

The Prado Museum regularly organizes visits, conferences and itineraries with an interpreter in Spanish Sign Language (LSE) and hearing loops. They can also provide an interpreter in LSE for any activity in the Educational Area. The last 5 rows of the auditorium have a hearing loop for the persons with hearing aid.

Prado also has adapted devices for the visit, like audio guides with hearing loops and Sign-guides, a portable multimedia device that guides you through the 52 masterpieces of the museum with videos in Spanish Sign Language (LSE) and Spanish subtitles.

The Reina Sofía Museum also regularly organizes guided visits in Spanish Sign Language. To make the museum’ activities accessible to the hearing impaired, the museum offers hearing loops and, if requested 15 days prior to your visit the museum, can provide an interpreter in Spanish Sign Language. Other options are the sign-guides with subtitled commentaries and in Spanish sign languages that the museum provides free of charge. Sabatini and Nouvel buildings’ information desks and ticket offices have a permanent system of hearing loops for the users with hearing aid with the “T” position.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum provides the hearing impaired visitors with sign guides with subtitles and Spanish sign language that can also be viewed on their webpage. It also has hearing loops at the information desks, ticket office, audio guides, shop and coat-check.

 

VISUALLY IMPAIRED VISITORS

The Prado Museum has adapted audio descriptions with a selection of 50 masterpieces so that the visually impaired persons can enjoy a free visit. However, the Museo del Prado does not have podotactile surfaces, so a visit with a seeing companion is advised.

MNCARS offers the visually impaired persons a possibility for a tactile and descriptive visit of several pieces from the collection and organizes tours accompanied by the museums educators with the support by the ONCE Foundation. There are audio guides with audio description and brochures with the information on the Museum in braille. It also admits guide dogs presenting necessary documents.

The Reina Sofía Museum has a long running program of tactile visits Museum by Hand that wishes to bring art closer to the visually impaired persons, using for example the tactile experience of sculpture.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has also developed several sensorialization programs so that the visually impaired persons can enjoy their permanent and temporary exhibitions.

 

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

So that we can all enjoy Paseo del Arte, the three museums organize activities for the groups of persons with intellectual disability.

Prado Museum organizes special activities for the care centers for people with intellectual disability, autism specter (TEA), Alzheimer’s and acquired brain damage.

Every school year MNCARS features different activities and workshops for the Occupational Centers and Special Education Schools.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has special material so that the educators can prepare their visit.

 

OTHER MUSEUMS

Apart from the three big museums we mentioned, Paseo del Arte is also home to the most recent one, CaixaForum Madrid. It joins the accessibility policy offering wheelchairs, reserving space in the auditorium, permitting entrance to the guide dogs, offering visits in sign language (with prior reservation at 917879606 or at rcaixaforummadrid@magmacultura.net) and holding educational workshops and guided visits of the exhibition and the building for the persons with intellectual, mental or physical disability (prior reservation is needed).

 

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