Should you ever be on a Wednesday in Berlin and being not in the mood for a typical sightseeing program, then the Blindenmuseum (Museum for the Blind) might be an attractive alternative.
From Anna 1908, the Museum for the Blind is only two underground stops away. However, you can also amble to the museum with a tasty ice cream in your hand, bought at the ice cream parlour Eiscafé di Russillo at the Forum Steglitz.
Arrived at the museum, about 1000 exhibits expect you in the second floor of the building and give you an understanding of the world of the blind and visually impaired people. The permanent exhibition “6 Richtige – Louis Braille und die Blindenschrift” (“6 Right Things – Louis Braille and the Braille”) is divided into five sections in which you can get active.
The first section “Schrift sehen und fühlen” (“See and Feel the Writing”) shows you writings in relief from the 18th and 19th centuries. The development of the Braille will be explained in detail in the section “Louis Braille kommt auf den Punkt” (“Louis Braille Comes to the Point”). Then, you can see how work and education for the blind could be made possible. That you see in the section “Die Punktschrift eröffnet Welten” (“The Braille opens Worlds”). “Pluspunkte im Alltag” (“Plus Points in Everyday Life”) present various aids that benefits blind and visually impaired people in their everyday life and profession. And in the last section, you go “Mit den Fingern nach Hogwarts” (“With your Fingers to Hogwarts”) where you can feel the Braille in books or listen to the stories.
For more interactivity, you can experiment with several writing instruments for blinds in a practice room. Here you can try to write in Braille on a special typewriter that is not that easy, for sure. Or do you want to would to play Scrabble with Braille? Here you can get a feeling for how it would be, if…
So if you are interested in, then you can visit the Museum for the Blind on Wednesdays between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Admission is free. If you are here at the right time, then perhaps an open tour through the Blindenmuseum comes in question. This takes place every 1st Sunday of the month at 11 o´clock. You don´t need to sign in.
After a varied and delicious breakfast at our hotel at the Forum Steglitz, you are well prepared for a visit to the museum and plenty of other exciting things in our beloved Berlin!