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The Tactual Museum of Greece

In 1983, the president of the Lighthouse for the Blind, Protopapadaki L. and the managing director Kefakis Manolis, were looking for a way that would give visually impaired people the opportunity to come in touch with ancient greek Culture. The first artefacts were bought by Lighthouse, followed by several donations by suppporting organizations and others. At the same time it was realized that the ability to touch and feel the exhibits was an excellent new way of approaching the ancient greek civilization not only for blind but for sighted people, too. Tactual Museum was founded in 1984, and housed on a two-floor neo-classical building, on Doiranis Street 198, Kallithea, donated by Empeirikos to the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece. After a 3-year period of enforced closure due to the earthquake of 1999, it opened again in 2004 following subsidies and sponsorship from the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity and the American Friends of the Blind in Greece Organization, based in Massachusetts, USA. The Tactual Museum was officially re-opened by the President of the Repuplic, Mr Konstandinos Stefanopoulos, on the 19th of March 2004. In 1988 the museum was choosen 70 other european museums to receive the "Museum of the year" AwardIn 2004, it also won an award from the Greek Union of Friends of Museums for the realization of its accessibility program. It is one of 4-5 Museums of its kind in the world. The main difference between the Tactual Museum and other Museums is the opportunity for all visitors to touch all the Exhibitsthat are copies of the originals displayed in other museums of our country. The Tactual Museum belongs to the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece. Mrs Georgia Roukoutaki, member of LightHouse's Board of Directors is in charge of the developement, operation and promotion of the Museum.      

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