Until September 2, 2012, the Palais de la Découverte is enabling visitors to discover the remarkable braille language, which allows people without sight to read. The system works thanks to a collection of tactile symbols created with small bumps that the reader must touch. For those who are unfamiliar with braille, this exhibition, entitled « Au doigt et à Louis » is a chance to learn about how the language was invented.
Moreover, the exhibition includes many interactive workshops that allow visitors to truly participate in the experience. Because one of the goals of the exhibit is to fight against intolerance towards people with disabilities, these interactive workshops are a great way to put yourself in the shoes of someone who cannot see.
The exhibit also pays hommage to the inventor of the braille language — Louis Braille, who created the system almost two hundred years ago. Braille developed his language in France after going blind as a child, and this system was subsequently adopted around the world.
Now, the Palais de la Découverte has created an exhibition that is both educational and entertaining. Visitors can even learn how to read braille themselves. Plus, they will discover how braille can be used to transmit knowledge on diverse subjects such as chemistry and music.
This science museum is known for presenting interesting perspectives on scientific and mathematical subjects, and guests staying at the Hotel Louvre Marsollier can now see the Palais de Découverte’s take on the innovative braille language. This exhibition is ideal for both children and adults who wish to explore a world that is completely different from their own.
Palais de la Découverte
Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
Tickets: 8 euros