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My name is Ulli. I am legally blind and love museums.

I became legally blind about 20 years ago. For many years, visiting a museum on my own seemed impossible. I feared that I would not be able to get around by myself or see well enough to make a visit worthwhile.

Moving to New York from Graz, Austria, I found out that all major museums in N.Y.C have special programs for blind and visually impaired people (VIP). These programs are free and take place once a month on a regular basis, offering live verbal descriptions and touch tours of the prevailing exhibitions.

Thus encouraged and motivated, I started to visit museums on my own again. I also visit museums throughout the U.S, Europe, and other places. In short, wherever my trips take me.

For a VIP there are many obstacles to be encountered when you visit a museum on your own. In my years of exploration by myself, I have found many ways, tricks and tips to overcome these challenges.

When I visit museums now, I view them with other VIPs in mind. I describe my very personal museum experiences in terms of museum accessibility, large print material and audio guide accessibility, map availability and the ease of navigating the museum. I hope that my blog Zoom In Museums will facilitate and inspire others to venture out to museums on their own.

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