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Feeling and hearing History

A Multi-Sensory Architecture Tour for Blind and Visually Impaired Students and Adults

29 August 2014


Guided Tour

Hands on a wall

A Multi-Sensory Architecture Tour for Blind and Visually Impaired Students and Adults
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Ellen Brinkmann

Age

Grades 5 and above

Recommended age

Guides tour for students and adults

When

29 August 2014, 4 pm

Duration

1,5 hours

Meeting Point

Old Building, "Meeting Point" in the foyer

Admission

3 euros (plus admission), for school groups 30 euros (including admission)

Participants

Max. of 10 participants

Contact

Guided Tours
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 305
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
gruppen[at]jmberlin.de

The walls slant, the ground slopes. The underground floor of the Jewish Museum Berlin, namely the axes of "Exile," "Holocaust," and "Continuity," affect our experience of space. Architect Daniel Libeskind drew on German-Jewish history in his design for the museum’s architecture. The labyrinthine "Garden of Exile" tests the visitor’s sense of balance and provides a metaphor for the loss of orientation in foreign countries. In the "Memory Void," iron sculptures to touch, hear, and smell remember the victims of terror and violence. The sounds in the axes and voids enhance the unusual sensory experience. Jonas Hauer, guide for the blind, says that, "the cold sounds are not comparable to those of any other building". In addition, tactile models of the building make this architectural interpretation of Jewish-German history immediately palpable.

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