In the featured photo Danielle is holding hands with a bronze hand sculpture and her assistance dog Noah is beside her. The jets of water in the fountains in the garden of the Rijksmuseum create a big circle in the background.

Danielle on tour

Danielle, ATO’s Ambassador for the Blind and Visually Impaired, was on tour this summer: she went to the capital city of the Netherlands where she visited the Rijksmuseum to experience a guided tour for the visually impaired. A beautiful sunny day was the background of a day full of senses.

“The city buzz of Amsterdam is quite overwhelming,” said Danielle. “Navigating the busy streets and squares and trying not to get lost in public transport with assistance dog Noah and my family was quite a challenge.”

The Blind leading the Blind

This sculpture ‘The Blind leading the blind‘ by the famous sculptor Louise Bourgeois is part of the Rijksmuseum guided tour for the visually impaired visitors and is a conversation starter. The work of art symbolizes blind people led by a blind person and the impact thereof.

This piece of abstract art can cover many topics related to tourism for the blind and visually impaired. During the tour the group can discuss topics such as ‘how do blind people navigate in cities‘, or ‘what do they value in museums to make their visit worth it‘ and ‘Do they need seeing people to guide them?
Only during the tour for the visually impaired visitors at the Rijksmuseum, it is allowed to touch the sculpture, to understand and feel the art.

Assistance dog Noah

It was a first time to experience a guided tour. Assistance dog Noah did very well even though it was quite a warm day and he had to wait, a lot! Danielle loves visiting a museum, she is always curious to know new things and meet people. The whole day was interesting in many ways.

Danielle and assistance dog Noah at Rijksmuseum tour for the blind
More work of Louise Bourgeois in the museum gardens, huge spiders!

The photos show Danielle in the museum with others in the group, inside the museum and outside in the gardens where the huge spider sculptures are. The stairs are quite steep and there is no tactile marking. Noah was an excellent guide.

A group tour

A private guided tour can be booked at the Rijksmuseum (must do so 14 days in advance) for a group of max 8 people (visually impaired visitors and there companions). This tour is available in Dutch and English. These tours are daily in the morning and in the afternoon.
Contact the museum for details about current expositions and tours.

Sign language

The Rijksmuseum also offers a guided tour in sign language (Dutch) once a month in the afternoon. You can book the tour here. It is possible to book a tour in ISL (International Sign Language).