Visita guidata in LIS

Museums for people with hearing impairments

Florence offers many opportunities to hearing-impaired people concerning museum visits. Videoguides, interactive games and tours in sign languages: a lot of ways to approach art from a different point of view. Mus.e is among the associations organizing multi-sensory tours and gamifying activities to help visitors to get in touch with the treasures held in the Civic Museums, Palazzo Medici Riccardi and more.

During the last years, Uffizi Galleries have been more and more engaged in the development of accessibility for deaf people. In fact, it is now possible to see the video descriptions of the Uffizi Gallery masterpieces in Italian Sign Language (LIS) with Italian subtitles. A new version in International Sign Language is now available with English subtitles. Moreover, special videos in LIS called Parole Chiave (key words) are regularly uploaded on the institutional Facebook channel - explaining different artworks connected by a key word.

For those fond of science, the Galileo Museum offers a free app for visiting: if used inside the museum and without headphones, the system transform in text format all the audio contents. It is also available on the Institutional Youtube channel a video in Italian Sign Language describing all the collections exhibited in the museum. Not to be missed is the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica offering video presentations concerning the different sections of the museum with subtitles and intepreting in sign language.

The District 3, in the Municipality of Florence, has recently realized a special video with an audio description translated in LIS (Italian Sign Language) suitable for people with hearing impairments. This video shows the stunning landscape of the Gavinana and Galluzzo quarters, scattered with beautiful villas, churches, art treasures full of history,  dating from the Roman Period and the foundation of Florentia. 

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