Swiss Blindenmuseum (Museum of Blindness)

The Swiss Museum of Blindness in Zollikofen takes visitors on a journey through 200 years of blindness education using exhibits, a dark room and a workshop.

Visitors are immediately immersed in a unique visual experience. The foyer is kept completely grey, which is in contrast to the colourful world outside. The tour of the museum begins with six video portraits of people who are blind and visually impaired – all in grey as well, of course. The change in your perception becomes even more noticeable in the dark room. With your sight taken away, the focus immediately shifts to other senses: hearing in the audio experience with sound installations, and touch in the hands-on tactile activity.

Your sense of sight can be used again as you enter the main exhibition – in another room – but it’s not necessary because the 120 objects on display are designed to be handled, making them accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired as well. With the help of their sense of touch, visitors can discover Braille and other technical developments, for example.

Do you want to learn Braille or try to write with a Braille typewriter? The final part of the exhibition is a workshop where you can really satisfy your curiosity. The diverse materials and information enable visitors to have first-hand experiences and learn more about the world of blindness. Your sense of smell will also be challenged when trying to identify and categorise different scents. Definitely an all-encompassing sensory experience!

The standard tour is offered in German, French, English and Italian.

  • Schweizerisches Blindenmuseum

    Höheweg 10
    3052 Zollikofen

    T +41 (0) 31 910 25 85

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