Under Portuguese Law, a museum is a permanent institution with a structure that allows it, among other things, to provide regular access to everyone in order democratize culture for the promotion of the individual and the development of society.
The Ducal Palace – following this Law, good practices in Museums and respect for the principles of Public Service – sought to develop ways to alleviate some of the difficulties arising from the fact that it is a historical monument.
Starting with the Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture we have broadened our Accessibility Plan so that everyone is able to visit us.
Being so, the Palace has:
– Elevator, with capacity for up to 8 people, that connects the ground floor to the museum circuit;
– Ramps between the chambers in the circuit. The installation of these ramps was possible due to the program “O Novo Norte” of ON2, within the framework of the Quadro de Referencia Estratégico Nacional with the support of the European Union;
– Information sheets for consultation, in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English, to support and contextualize the visit in the permanent exhibition;
– Information available in digital format for the visitor’s smartphone (QR Codes);
– A selection of pieces that, in specific and previously scheduled tours, may be touched allowing the apprehension of how diverse and rich our collection is;
– Adapted WC for people with disabilities;
– Baby changing room;
– Resting area.
With these features, equipment and services we want to open up to society and thereby increase access to our museum and its collections.
Everyone is Welcome!