Museo Del Greco’s Dedication to Access

Cheers to Museo Del Greco for their clear dedication to access!

When in Toledo, Marabou visited the museum that celebrates the Spanish Renaissance painter Doménikos Theotokópoulo, popularly known as El Greco (“The Greek”). The museum was founded in 1911, but great care has been given to updating the space so that it is accessible for people of various mobility abilities. There are elevators, stair lifts, ramps, and wide hallways. All are clearly marked within the building and on the museum map. In addition, the museum’s introduction video had Spanish audio, Spanish and English subtitles, and a sign language interpreter visible in the lower left corner of the screen.

access, accessibility, sign language
The museum’s introductory video had audio in Spanish, subtitles in Spanish and English, and sign language interpretation.

Marabou appreciates the museum’s accommodation of different abilities that makes experiences at Museo Del Greco comfortable for as many people as possible. The museum isn’t perfect when it comes to access (Marabou suggests making large-print labels and wall text available), but overall Museo Del Greco sets an example, particularly of mobility accessibility. Perhaps accessibility is something the city of Toledo is dedicated to. In the ancient, hilly, and stoney streets, ramps have been built alongside steps to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and other wheeled devices. Toledo and Museo Del Greco are examples of access as care and consideration.

El Greco, View and Plan of Toledo
“View and Plan of Toledo,” El Greco, c. 1610-14, oil on canvas. Museo Del Greco, Toledo, Spain.

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