As we promised in our previous articles, in this article we will introduce the places in the world where you can travel without any obstacles. The first place we will touch is the Louvre Museum.
The Louvre Museum in Paris is the world’s largest art museum and is known as the home of the Mona Lisa. The Louvre Museum, which started to be built as a castle in the 12th century, was converted into a palace as the official residence of the king in the 16th century, turned into a royal collection in the 17th century without the status of a museum, and finally opened to visitors as a museum on August 10, 1793. The museum has many collections such as Egyptian antiquities, Near Eastern antiques, sculptures, prints, paintings and drawings, decorative arts, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Islamic arts. If you want to enjoy the entire museum, which has very rich content in this respect, you will have to spare your days. And I strongly recommend that you take your days to visit this museum. However, the main point we want to emphasize in this article is that the Louvre Museum is fully accessible to people with physical disabilities. The Louvre Museum is a truly disabled-friendly museum. So why?
- Entry to the museum is free of charge for all those with a physical disability and their companions, provided they document it.
- Disabled visitors and their companions are given priority at the museum entrance and reception.
- Wheelchairs, folding chairs and rubber-tipped walking sticks can be borrowed free of charge upon request.
- If you request, the museum staff will accompany you to the museum rooms.
- There are special toilets suitable for people with a physical disabilities in the museum.
- There are special tours adapted for people with hearing impairment in the audio guide you can get from the museum.
- Guide dogs and sight aids are allowed for visually impaired people.
- There is an escort service from the parking lot and the nearest metro station for visually impaired people to reach the museum.
- A four-page brochure in braille, ‘A museum for all, is available upon request with practical information about the Louvre.
- Folding chairs and Sensory Bags (kits with materials for people with sensory impairments: noise-cancelling headphones, eye patches, etc.) are available free of charge for visitors with developmental and learning disabilities.
- The museum publicly shares all this information about accessibility on its official website.
You can go to this museum with peace of mind. You can visit the museum, which is open to visitors between 09:00 and 18:00, any day except Tuesday. But if you are disabled, I highly recommend making a reservation.
I hope you enjoy visiting this museum. See you in the next article.