Art galleries, museums and theatres

You can still enjoy visiting cultural and heritage destinations if you are blind or partially sighted. 

A number of museums and galleries provide specialist accessible tours to people with sight loss, while audio description can help bring theatre alive.

Visiting art galleries and museums

Museums and art galleries across the UK provide tours and other specialist accessibility services to people with sight loss. As well as information and guides in alternative formats and audio described tours, some venues offer tactile experiences.

More information on visiting museums and galleries can be found in our Confident living - Leisure leaflet:

If you work at or run a museum or gallery, we have also produced a number of publications to help you make sure your blind and partially sight visitors get the most from their visit:

Visiting the theatre

If you have sight loss, visiting the theatre can be enhanced dramatically by watching an audio described performance. Audio description (AD) brings alive what is happening on stage, discreetly describing the action, scenery, facial expressions and costumes of the actors.

Venues also often offer pre-performance notes and touch tours, so you have an idea of what the stage is like before the performance begins. Sometimes you can also meet the actors.

Organisations like VocalEyes and Mind’s Eye provide information on available audio described performances nationwide. Individual theatres and production companies also provide more information on accessible performances, for example:

Royal Albert Hall Box

RNIB has a box at the Royal Albert Hall. If you are blind or partially sighted, you can apply for tickets and take a sighted friend or guide. Recent events have included Jools Holland, Michael Bolton, Eric Clapton, the BBC Proms concerts, the Cirque du Soleil and much more.

For more details please contact royalalberthall@rnib.org.uk or telephone 020 7391 2063.

Related resources

If you would like more information on how to access audio description in the cinema, home and online, please visit our audio description page.

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