Multisensory museum

experimental multisensory museum space
28/02/2019 - 03/01/2021
Curator(s): Marleen Hartjes

What would the museum look like if it had been designed from all senses? Would it change our perception on art? How can we make inclusive and more accesible spaces? What can we learn from people with disabilities?

In 2016 the
Van Abbemuseum started to research, rethink and redesign the museum space from a multisensory and inclusive perspective, together with architects Peter-Willem Vermeersch, Tomas Dirrix, KU Leuven and in co-design with experiential experts with a visual, auditory or mobile disability.

The design was carried out by Eigensinn and the technical team of the museum. The sensory experience of the artwork was completed by contributions from designer Simon Dogger, smell expert
Caro Verbeek and Iscent.

The Multi Sensory Museum research project was made possible by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and in co-design with Marleen HartjesAmber van GinnekenPia HendriksJohan NefkensBarbara StratingJudith Schuitvlot, Jaap Breider, Frank Ter Beek, Jeroen van Dijk, Rieky Verwimp. The symposium is organized in collaboration with STUDIO i - platform for inclusive culture

On Thursday 28 February we will open the experimental multisensory museum space in the Van Abbemuseum and present the results of the research in a sensory stimulating opening symposium.

Thursday 28 february, 11h00 - 17h00
€15,- including lunch. The symposium will be held in English.

Visit the page of the symposium for more information.

Multisensory museum consists of:


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