The National Archaeology Museum in Cagliari is an accessible establishment that makes constant improvements to its services for all users. Thanks to the “Liquid Museum” project for online access to “culture without obstacles” that was funded by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism from 2014 to 2016, the museum has become even more inclusive.
The museum staff are trained to welcome and assist visitors, in order to make their visits to the museum as enjoyable as possible.
Tactile map. At the entrance to the “Museum Citadel” there is a tactile and Braille map that describes the structure and the buildings in the complex.
Outside ramps. A number of ramps lead from the entrance of the “Museum Citadel” to the Archaeology Museum.
Inside ramps. A number of ramps can be found inside the museum.
Outside stair lift. To the right at the entrance to the Archaeology Museum is a stair lift to take visitors to the National Picture Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum.
Inside stair lift. There is a stair lift inside the museum, between the mezzanine floor (the teaching room) and the second exhibition floor.
Public toilets. To the right at the entrance to the Archaeology Museum there are toilets for all visitors (currently closed for maintenance work).
Other public toilets can be found on the ground floor of the museum.
Lift. The museum has a lift to take visitors to all of the exhibition floors.
Mobility aids. At the ticket office, visitors can ask for wheelchairs or seat sticks to help them to get around the museum more comfortably. In addition, throughout the museum there are benches and rest areas to make your visit more pleasant.
Snack area. On the first exhibition floor there is a small snack area where visitors can buy food and hot and cold drinks from vending machines.
Tools for an inclusive visit
Sign language video. Opposite the ticket office at the entrance to the museum, there are three monitors. One of them shows a video introduction to the museum in Italian sign language, with Italian and English subtitles. Another two Italian sign language videos can be found along the exhibition route.
Museum plan. Printed museum plans are given out at the ticket office.
Braille guide. At the ticket office, visitors can ask for Braille guides with descriptions and pictures of the most significant items on display in the museum.
Legible writing. The words on the panels have been designed to be as legible as possible, with flush left alignment of the texts, white writing on black backgrounds and sans-serif fonts.
Tactile panel with ceramic shapes. On the ground floor, there is an illustrative tactile panel with matt resin outlines of the different shapes of ceramic pots and containers.
Tactile finds. In transparent Plexiglas containers in front of some of the display cases on the ground floor, there are ten or so tactile replicas of the exhibits, which have been made by the Rapid Prototyping Lab at Sardegna Ricerche. The 3D replicas were produced using “PolyJet” technology.
Monitors. On the three exhibition floors, there are monitors on tilting stands to make them easier to use.