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Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 13:27 p.m.

The URJC contributes to the accessibility of museums

The URJC contributes to the accessibility of museums The URJC contributes to the accessibility of museums

El Research Center for Tourism Studies of the Rey Juan Carlos University (CIETUR) signs a collaboration contract with the Living without Barriers Foundation (FUNVIBA) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to improve accessibility in cultural spaces.

Ramon Machuca

The agreement has been made through the teachers of the FCEE, Teresa Villacé and Laura Fuentes and consists of putting the research work into practice “Accessible Museums: Analysis of the implementation of Scooter for visitors with reduced mobility in the Thyssen Museum".

The objective of the project is to study the impact of the implementation of 'Scooters' for people with reduced mobility in the Thyssen Museum. The initiative tries to analyze the visitor's experience, not only from an operational point of view, but also from the influence on their emotional well-being.

The first intervention of the project took place last Friday, February 16, when CIETUR researchers visited the Thyssen Museum in the company of the founder of FUNVIBA, Alfredo Camacho Daza, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.

During the visit, Teresa Villacé states that “we were able to closely observe the real use of the scooter, identify accessibility barriers, explore the emotions experienced and delve into various aspects related to mobility and the experience in the museum.” After this observation, the URJC professor concludes that “we realized that the scooter initially represented a barrier or a certain rejection, but after trying it, users show great satisfaction.” This first activity “has exceeded all expectations,” adds Villacé.

Museums are closely linked to Sustainable Development Goals framed within the 2030 Agenda. These goals focus on the protection and safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage, support for education for sustainable development, aid for research and cultural participation.

URJC researchers, specialized in tourism, traveler behavior and vulnerable people, consider that initiatives like this “not only benefit society, but also employees.”