Omero Museum Touching art in all senses
The Tactile State Museum Omero, a museum to love with the eyes and the hands.
The first and only State Tactile Museum at an international level, the Omero Museum is an innovative museum and a great attraction for all those who want to approach and learn about art.
A unique space, without barriers, a model of excellence in the scenario of cultural opportunities for the blind and visually impaired people that intends to export their experience and their philosophy by promoting the multi-sensory use of cultural heritage. Housed in the eighteenth-century halls of the Mole Vanvitelliana of Ancona, it is proposed as a three-dimensional encyclopedia of the history of art.
The museum has two entrances, both of which are in the courtyard of the Mole: the main one can be reached via a monumental staircase, the other is equipped with a lift. The Design Collection is a new space in our museum, located inside the Mole, just beside the Mandracchio entrance (identifiable by the large metal gate and Mimmo Paladino’s Red Horse statue). All the museum rooms are accessible as there are lifts. The bathrooms, accessible and fitted with changing tables, are adjacent to the exhibition rooms. There are other bathrooms in the courtyard. Seating is available throughout the exhibition, there is a refreshment area with vending machines for coffee and water, a meeting room for welcoming groups. Dogs: only guide dogs will be admitted.
Reception and services
Before your visit: the social history of the museum, in easy-to-read language. At the entrance to the museum you will find: information about the museum in various languages and in Braille, accessible audio guides, in Italian, a model of the Mole Vanvitelliana and a map of the museum layout in relief, a special exhibition for families with neurodiverse children (aged 3 – 6), two manual wheelchairs available on request. In the rooms: all our exhibits – copies, originals, models, Designer objects – can be explored by touch, information in Braille (panels, captions, labels) and in high contrast, movable platforms with steps for tactile exploration of taller works, three works accompanied by accessible videos in ISL and with subtitles.
In our museum you are welcome! You can come and go for free to learn about our sculptures and our architectural models both in a classic way, with open eyes, in a more unusual way, with your eyes closed, using only the touch, or better yet both senses. If you wish, we will give you some tips on tactile reading of a work and we will explain to you how this Museum was born, its philosophy and its role on the international scene. The new collection Design has a separate entrance and tickets cost 5 euros.
The collection documents in an organic way the plastic and sculptural art of all time: from the true copies of classical Greece, of Michelangelo and Canova to the original sculptures of the rich contemporary section with, among others, Giorgio de Chirico, Marino Marini, Arturo Martini, Francesco Messina.
In 2021 we inaugurated our Collezione Design gallery: a new space specially created to be a multi-sensory environment, just like the Museo Omero, where you can get to know thirty-two iconic examples of Italian design. Among the manufacturing companies are: Anonima Castelli, Alessi, Artemide, Bialetti, Brionvega, Danese, Dainese, Fiam, Flos, Gufram, Guzzini, IFI, Kartell, Magis, Minerva, Olivetti, Pandora design, Piaggio, Tod’s, Siemens, Voiello, Zannotta.
Visits and workshops
Consult the Department of Education: you will find all the proposals for groups, families, schools, blind, partially sighted and disabled people with relative free, costs and booking methods.
Where to parkFree parking is available near the Mole. Visitors with mobility problems can enter the Mole Vanvitelliana where there are three parking spaces reserved for vehicles authorized to transport people with disabilities. For further information or other assistance, please contact the custodian, tel (+39) 333 61 66 89 8 (Custodi Mole Vanvitelliana, M&P car parks). The courtyard of the Mole is paved with cobbles, but it is perfectly accessible to wheelchairs.
Hours / RatesFrom September to June: from Tuesday to Saturday 16 - 19; Sundays and holidays 10am - 1pm and 4pm - 7pm; 1 January only 16 - 19.
July and August: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 17-20; Friday, Sunday and 15 August 10 - 13 and 17 - 20.
Special openings by reservation for groups and schools.
Closed: Monday; 25th December.
Admission to the Museo Omero is free, except for the Design Collection, which has a separate entrance and tickets cost 5 euros.