MIM Belluno. An increasingly accessible museum

22 February 2024

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MIM Belluno – Interactive Museum of Migration – is preparing to live a 2024, the year of Roots Tourism, in a way that is increasingly accessible, modern and full of new experiences.

The Roots Tourism Project also makes a stop in the Belluno area, giving an unparalleled experience to compatriots living abroad inside this interactive museum dedicated to migration. A unique museum reality in the entire Veneto region, it offers a multimedia and sensory dive into the history of the territory’s migrations, suffice it to say that from l Veneto-over the course of a century of history (from the late 19th century to the 1970s)-nearly three million people from the Veneto region emigrated.

The Association of Bellunesi in the World, which has always been a point of reference for Bellunesi emigrants and former emigrants of yesterday and today, has been constantly engaged in popularizing and telling the story of migration. In the context of 2024, the Year of Roots Tourism, work is underway to update MIM Belluno with new interactive routes where the protagonists are the emigrants of yesterday and today.

A Museum for All

Over the course of its decades of activity, MiM Belluno has also focused on the removal of various physical (and mental) architectural barriers. First and foremost, equipping itself with a handicapped-accessible bathroom and an outdoor platform for access to the museum area itself; last but not least, it proposed two museum tours in LIS (Italian Sign Language). In addition, MiM Belluno is presented in Italian, English and Portuguese.

The value of accessibility in Roots tourism.

Accessibility in museums is a key aspect that reflects the collective commitment to inclusive art and culture. Museums such as MIM Belluno are showing the way by recognizing that every individual, regardless of his or her physical or sensory capabilities, has the right to access the cultural and historical wealth housed in these institutions.

These efforts not only allow people with disabilities to fully enjoy the museum experience, but also enrich the collective experience, promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of human diversity. Migration history, like that presented at MIM, tells of human journeys, challenges and triumphs that resonate deeply when presented in a space accessible to all. Making museums accessible is not just a legal or moral obligation, but a step toward a more inclusive and empathetic society, where culture and art are truly for everyone. MiM Belluno, in this, is leading the way.

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