The First European Museum for Blind and Visually Impaired Children Hermanov Brlog Is Launched in Celje

A museum for blind and visually impaired children Hermanov Brlog was launched in Celje. As the coordinator of the project Jožica Trateški notes, blind and visually impaired children can now walk through the halls of the museum with the help of tactile sensations.

According to her, three tactile tables and ten texts written in the Braille system with more than 170 characters were installed for orientation. Due to this, children with visual impairments can find staircases, elevators, toilets and exhibition halls.

Exhibitions in the children’s museum are equipped with thematic catalogues and magnifying glasses. The novelty of the museum involves 21 adapted toys, table games and teaching aids for blind and visually impaired children, which are part of the permanent exhibition Brlog igrač (Toy Lair).

Nineteen students of the Inclusive Pedagogy study program from the Faculty of Pedagogy of the University of Primorska and the Faculty of Pedagogy of the University of Maribor together with their mentor created fifteen toys and games. The Slovenian Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired presented three games, and the IRIS Centre (Ljubljana) provided another three games. In addition, the staff of the museum prepared two catalogues with novelties of the museum. They are printed in large font and Braille.

The Museum of Contemporary History in Celje has been trying to make museum collections accessible to people with special needs for years now. Recently, the museum staff has paid special attention to people with vision and hearing problems.

In 2014, an exhibition “Curious fingers” (Radovedni prstki) was opened in the Hermanov brlog children’s museum, and close cooperation with the Slovenian Association of Friends of the Blind and with the Faculty of Pedagogy of the University of Primorska began. By signing a letter of intent, the parties committed themselves to making this cultural institution the first museum in Europe accessible to the blind and visually impaired.