Feeling and hearing History

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

This tour is specially designed for visitors with visual impairments. But it also offers sighted visitors a unique point of access to the museum’s architecture.

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.

By appointment
Where

Old Building, ground level, "Meeting Point" in the foyer


Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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.

Jewish Museum Berlin, Photo: Ellen Brinkmann

Where

Old Building, ground level, "Meeting Point" in the foyer


Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

More Information

  • When

    By appointment

  • Duration

    1 hour

  • Where

    Old Building, ground level, "Meeting Point" in the foyer

    
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

  • Entry fee

    60 euros (plus admission fee; one chaperon free of charge)

  • Information and Reservation

    Education Department
    phone: +49 (0)30 259 93 305
    fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 412
    gruppen@jmberlin.de

Tours for Adults (11) Programs for Groups Show all

Programs for Groups

You can book a tour on a specific topic or an aspect of our exhibitions as a group, a family, a couple, or an individual. Just select from our programs!

Jewish Life and Traditions

Tour for adults about the basic elements of Judaism

Judaism, Christianity and Islam

A guided tour for adults comparing the cultural history of the three religions

The Jewish World in the Middle Ages

Tour for adults about the Middle Ages

Women in Judaism

A museum tour for adults tracing the role of women in Judaism from the creation myth to the present

Jews in the Early Modern Period

Tour for adults about the Early Modern Period

Moses Mendelssohn and the Promise of the Enlightenment

A guided tour for groups of adults about the Age of Enlightenment

Between Assimilation and Self-Determination

A guided tour for groups of adults about nineteenth century German Jews’ conceptions of their identity

Dawn of the Modern Age

Tour for adults about the German Empire and the Weimar Republic

The Jewish Response to National Socialism

Tour for adults about Nazism

Architectural Observations

Tour for adults of the museum’s architecture in the context of Jewish history in Germany

Feeling and hearing History

A multisensory architectural tour for visitors with visual impairments