We offer a range of facilities and events for blind and partially sighted visitors, to help you get more from the paintings.
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:
- John Constable, The Hay Wain, 1821, and Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1888
- Hans Holbein the Younger, The Ambassadors, 1533, and Paolo Veronese, The Family of Darius before Alexander, 1565-7
- Titian, The Death of Actaeon, 1559-75, and Willem Kalf, Still Life with Drinking Horn, 1653
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.
We run exciting verbal description sessions on the paintings for blind and partially sighted visitors. See what's on and book a place:
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