For Blind or Partially Sighted Visitors
High-Contrast, Large-Print Labels
High-contrast, large-print labels are available for every exhibition. They can be found in binders in each gallery to assist visitors in their viewing and understanding of the exhibitions.
Braille menus for the Museum's cafe, Cafe Serai, are also available upon request.
Verbal Description & Sensory Tours
The Rubin Museum offers verbal description and sensory tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. These free tours, which include museum admission, are one hour in length and take visitors on a journey that weaves together the culture, history, religion, and art of the Himalayas.
Museum guides are specially trained to lead these tours, which allow participants to form visualizations of the art through close, careful descriptions as well as touch objects like sculptures, art materials, woodblocks, and ritual implements.
Beginning in January 2014, Verbal Description and Sensory Tours take place on the first Saturday of every month from 2:00-3:00pm Reservations are required as space is limited so please contact the reservations office by phone, 212.620.5000 x319, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of your visit.
Click the image below to view a Newsweek.com video highlighting the museum's verbal description and touch tours.
Download the Verbal Description Audio Tour here:
Access Programs at the Rubin Museum
Learn more about our programs and offerings for all audiences: