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Accessibility

“Massillon Museum welcomes you to participate in a diverse experience where art and history are for everyone.”

MassMu Sensory Room

The Massillon Museum (MassMu) has a dedicated goal to create accessible spaces with ancillary programing for all visitors with physical, developmental, cognitive, or learning disabilities. The journey toward becoming an accessible museum means removing barriers to learning, and providing every opportunity for marginalized audiences to engage with the museum space in a multitude of ways.

The MassMu Sensory Room is devoted 468-square-foot space on the lower level of the Museum. This unique room is an adaptable space for museum guests with vision, auditory, physical, and cognitive disabilities. It is open during all museum hours as a free and accessible space for any museum visitor, yet outfitted specifically for individuals with the aforementioned disabilities in mind.  The Room is sensory-friendly, with adjustable elements alterable to individual preference, such as sound and lighting levels. 

Because of the generous support of Puffin Foundation West, Ltd, the Museum now has a calming place for not only individuals with sensory challenges, but also caregivers with over-stimulated toddlers, mothers who need to breastfeed, and any other guest who may need the room for personal reasons. The Sensory Room is a flexible space serving a distinct need, and we are honored to offer it as a safe haven for all. Amenities include multiple modes of seating, yoga ball and mat, weighted blanket, sound machine, eye mask, noise-cancelling headphones, a tactile felt and Lego wall, sensory toys, and wheelchair accessible sensory bins.

Click here to download a PDF photo tour of the sensory room, or click here to view a flip PDF online.

 

Accessibility Initiatives: Exhibits

Moniker: Identity Lost & Found
June 23 through October 21, 2018

Moniker: Identity Lost and Found, an unprecedented documentation of mark-making and monikers—grassroots movements which began in rail yards in the late 19th century and continue today. During the late 1800s, blue-collar workers and travelers began drawing unique symbols and words on the sides of train cars in chalk, ephemeral marks that crossed the countryside, exposed to anyone who idly watched passing trains. Over time, mark-making developed into a coded system of communication. Through repetition, recognition, and transcontinental exposure, symbols took on a deeper meaning. A drawing became a moniker: a name, an identity.

This exhibit features Braille guides for all introductory panels, touchable artifacts on our lower level, a tactile book of 37 monikers, and a complete audio guided tour (available here).

 

Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception
February 18 through May 23, 2017

Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception, presents ten abstract paintings from the Massillon Museum collection, representing regionally-, nationally-, and internationally-recognized artists.  These paintings are made accessible to patrons with blindness or low vision for the first time, through multisensory experience.  Following conversations with the Massillon Museum curator, sounds in the sonic iPad touch-screen apps that accompany each painting were selected by co-curators Barry and Jan Stirbens of Stark County, Ohio, who have both been blind since birth.  Braille and large-type labels, as well as small-scale aluminum tactile models of each painting, help to experience the artworks through multiple senses. Read more about this exhibition here.

 
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