Open Museum and Disability

Executive summary

Nexa faculty fellow Alessandro Mantelero drafted a multi-disciplinary research and pilot project titled “Open Museum and Disability”, focusing on the effects of (virtually) opening up museums for disabled people (but possibly to the benefit of the public at large).


Italy’s cultural heritage represents one of the main assets of the country. However, and despite some specific provisions of the Italian Constitution that should guarantee to every citizen the possibility of taking part in the cultural and social life of the Nation, the accessibility of this heritage for disabled people is still very limited.
The fact that several Italian museums are hosted in historical buildings makes it even more difficult to achieve a full physical accessibility of their holdings.