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NEWS: ‘Insights into Ancient Egypt’ allows the blind to experience prized artefacts

The Penn Museum has started a new touch tour program, where visually impaired visitors can interact with exhibits in new ways (Source: The Daily Pennsylvania).

“Doug Trinidad runs his hands over a 3,200-year-old sphinx.

“This is so sick,” he exclaims, as his fingers feel the engraved hieroglyphics around the base.

Trinidad is standing in the ancient palace of the Pharaoh Merneptah in the Egypt Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Trinidad, 20, and his classmates are visiting from Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, and are participating in one of Penn Museum’s recently launched “touch tours.”

While there would ordinarily be barriers around the ancient artifacts and guards keeping a close eye, today is an exception.

This unique tour series, called “Insights into Ancient Egypt,” allows the visually-impaired to experience six objects from the Museum’s Egyptian collection. Guests are allowed to touch any part of the object after some precautionary measures, like wiping their hands. These touch tours will run from Oct. 1 through Dec. 10, 2012″ – via The Daily Pennsylvania.



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