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“Louisville Must See”

Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind
Ranked #57 of 185 things to do in Louisville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Looking for a unique Louisville experience? Founded in 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind is a company like no other. We're the world's largest creator of braille and educational aids for blind users. And you can watch them being made, step-by-step, as you tour our facility. During your FREE visit, you will: -Write your own name in braille. -See books printed on century-old braille presses and modern digital versions. -Explore the efforts of generations of blind and visually impaired students, teachers, and inventors to overcome obstacles to learning. -Handle braille books, tactile maps, and globes. -Tour a working recording studio where "Talking Books" are made. Located on historic Frankfort Avenue, the American Printing House for the Blind is within easy walking distance of charming shops and restaurants.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Reviewed May 6, 2014

This museum is must see in Louisville. It is very educational, unique and free. Plan on at least 2 hrs to see everything. You may have to call ahead to see when tours are given. Tours are only given a couple of times a day. The tour is very informative, in seeing of what challenges blind people have, and what advancements are being made in the technology aspect in assisting their disability. I would recommend this to anyone who is willing to learn about the blind.

1  Thank Brad F
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Reviewed October 21, 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. Our 11 year old daughter enjoyed learning about all the forms of printing and the instruments developed throughout the years to enable the blind to read and communicate with others. We were not expecting to stay as long as we did, but it was so interesting. We will allow more time next time we visit to take the tour of the factory.

1  Thank Mellie68
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Very informative tour about the ways that APH helps people who are visually impaired or blind. The making of talking books and braille books was especially interesting.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We recently visited the museum on a Friday. We knew that we wouldn't be able to get a guided tour since they don't do this on Fridays. Nonetheless, we went anyway. Boy, did we get more than we expected! We toured the museum, which was very informative. The kids got to type out a message in braille on a braille typewriter. They thought that was pretty neat! A lady who works there came up to us at the museum and said she would give us a tour of the facilities. It was our own private tour! Although the machines weren't operating, we did get to see everything and hear from her the history of the braille print process. Also, as a bonus, we got to view and listen to a professional audtiotaping that was in progress.

2  Thank Julie H
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We took our grandchildren to this facility on a recent trip to Louisville and it was definitely educational for all of us. I had never considered how difficult blindness would be and all of the ways this organization helps the blind. Marissa was our guide and she did a fantastic job even though she is legally blind. This is definitely a good use of our tax dollars providing audio books and braille books to the blind. This museum should be on your "to do" list for Louisville.

2  Thank TravelGrandma10
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