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The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

August 06, 2018

For over twenty years, Louisville’s Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind has been teaching the public about the history of the education of blind persons across the world. Located on the second story of the 1883 factory that belonged to the American Printing House for the Blind, this museum bucks the norm by encouraging visitors to touch almost all the exhibits. Among the many fascinating historical items on display, you’ll find antiquated braille writers, stereotype printing plates, Talking Book recording devices, canes, and guide dog harnesses. Also featured are various nineteenth-century editions of books for the blind, including John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, The Gospel According to St. Mark, and even the Bible that belonged to Helen Keller. You’ll learn how to write your name in Braille, and you’ll be given the opportunity to try out various goggles that show how it would feel to live with a range of visual impairments. Both self-guided and guided tours are available.

Address: 1839 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206