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Blind and partially sighted visitors

We offer a range of facilities and events for blind and partially sighted visitors, to help you get more from the paintings.

Audio Introduction to the Gallery
Find out what's on offer – 3 mins
Audio Introduction to the Gallery

Descriptive folders

Descriptive folders are available at the Portico Information Desk and can be made available at other desks on request, prior to, or during visits. These are free to use, but must be returned.

Each folder focuses on two paintings including descriptive text and interpretation in either large print (featuring photographic reproductions of close-up sections of the painting) or Braille (including tactile images).

The paintings featured include:

Audio tour 

An audio tour is available for blind and partially sighted visitors. It features 23 highlight paintings from the collection, offering detailed and evocative descriptions of the art works. Find out more about the audio tour

Art Through Words
Sessions at the Gallery for blind and partially sighted visitors
5 mins 5 secs


We run exciting verbal description sessions on the paintings for blind and partially sighted visitors. See what's on and book a place:

All Art Through Words Sessions

The collection

The collection of paintings is on level 2 of the building and entrance is free for everyone. Assistance dogs are welcome


Exhibitions are held in the Sainsbury Wing on Level −2 and in various rooms in the main building. We provide:

  • Audio guides for temporary exhibitions and the collection
  • Water for assistance dogs
  • Large-print information (black on white) about each painting
  • You can order large print information about the paintings in advance, for collection on the day.
    Phone: 020 7747 2885
  • Tactile line diagrams and Braille interpretation of paintings

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