Touch Tour

About the tour: 
Understanding that art needs to be experienced by the visually impaired through descriptive words and tactile explorations, the Honolulu M​useum of ​Art​ will offer the first ever Touch Tours for the visually impaired starting with the exhibition Rodin: the Human Experience/Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation opening July 23, 2015. These innovative tours will feature verbal descriptions of artworks that visually impaired visitors can explore with gloved hands.

Artwork on the tour:
The three-dimensional works of art on these tours will be selected from the museum's main collection of antiquity, modern and contemporary art, plus works on loan from the Cantor Foundation. Smaller objects from the lending collection may also be passed among the group.

• The 90-minute Touch Tours are free with adult admission, and free to all school-aged students, but must be arranged three weeks in advance.
• The docent-led tours are limited to five visually impaired guests at a time, with their companions. The tours are designed for adults or small school groups of any age.
• Service animals are welcome.
• For $5 per visitor, an art-making project may be added, led by a professional artist at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

​To schedule a Touch Tour, fill out a request form by clicking here.

Access and assistance:
If you require assistance during your visit, a Visitor Information Associate, security officer, or museum volunteer is happy to help. All services are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.
• All public areas of the museum are wheelchair accessible. The entrances on Victoria Street and Ward Avenue are wheelchair accessible, as is the entrance to the Doris Duke Theatre on Kinau Street. The Honolulu Museum of Art School's rear entrance is wheelchair accessible. Motorized wheelchairs are permitted.
• Disability parking: Three spaces are available at the Luce Gate on Victoria Street and two spaces are available at the Ward Gate on Ward Avenue. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
• Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first served basis and are located in the front entrance checkroom and at Luce and Ward gates.
• Wheelchair-accessible restrooms, each situated next to a water fountain, are located on the ground floor and in the Doris Duke Theatre and the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
• Elevators are located throughout the museum.
• The Doris Duke Theatre is equipped with the Easy Listener Hearing Assistance System. You can pick up a receiver at the ticket counter. Foreign language films include English captioning.
• Signage throughout the museum, such as gallery names, are in braille.
• Service animals are welcome.