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1st accessible museum of COME-IN! project – launching of archaeological museum in Udine, Italy

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 the COME-IN! Guidelines for Accessible Museums and Exhibitions. After several months of hard work, numerous interventions have been carried out: the elevator has been adapted and can now be used autonomously, a restroom for all has been built and changing tables have been added. 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 visitors: revision of signs, brochures in braille/ simplified language/ Italian, English, German and Slovene, 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.

 This newly accessible museum launched on 9 November - back to back with the first thematic conference of the COME-IN! project entitled "Inclusive museums - challenges and solutions"  - was attended by numerous local and regional authorities, associations of disabled people, academics and museum operators. Several authorities underlined their willingness to strongly support and proceed with further interventions for accessibility in other cultural sites all over the 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  - inaugurated on 11 November 2017  -  will remain open until 11 February  2018. During the first two weeks, until 26 November, the exhibition and guided visits to the Archaeological Museum of Udine will be free of charge.


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