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Blind Man Gets Unforgettable Experience Thanks To The Met’s “Touch Tour”

A museum worker guides an excited blind man's hand to touch a stone engraving.

Did you know that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (aka the Met) has guided “touch tours” for guests with impaired vision? Matthew and Paul, an interabled couple known for their wholesome social media content, were recently able to take advantage of this unique program. Paul, who is blind, got to encounter a variety of beautiful statues through physical contact while his husband was filming. Of course, they shared this amazing experience with their followers!

Throughout the touch tour, a guide from the Met showed Paul where to place his hands on each statue. She also explained the signigicance of each part he was feeling. Even Matthew got to touch some of the statues, a privilege that isn’t granted to most sighted guests!

“The benefits of marrying a blind man,” joked Paul.

These husbands were truly moved by their incredible touch tour experience at the Met. Paul radiated happiness as he got up close and personal with the historical pieces on display! However, he couldn’t resist teasing Matthew every now and then.

“This guy works out,” Paul said, touching the bicep of one of the statues. “More than you do, Matthew.”

In the comments, the couple explained a little more about how much the experience meant to them. They also gave a shoutout to the guide who made their touch tour at the Met so excellent!

“Pamela Lawton is INCREDIBLE,” wrote the couple in response to a user. “She leads the access program at the museum and she’s a wonderful person!”

A museum worker guides an excited blind man's hand to touch a stone engraving.
Screengrab from TikTok

In another reply, they added, “Isn’t it wonderful? Museums making art and history accessible.”

According to the Met’s website, they have a variety of programs for guests with disabilities besides their touch tours. These include special experiences for those with dementia, hearing loss, or learning disabilities.

As Matthew and Paul demonstrated in their video, accessible programs at museums can make a world of difference for people with disabilities! We’re so glad that the Met offers touch tours and other inclusive experiences.

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