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Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

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Address: 1839 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-3148
Phone Number: +1 502-895-2405
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Looking for a unique Louisville experience? Founded in 1858, the American...

Looking for a unique Louisville experience? Founded in 1858, the American Printing House for the Blind is a company like no other. We're the world's largest creator of braille and educational aids for blind users. And you can watch them being made, step-by-step, as you tour our facility. During your FREE visit, you will: -Write your own name in braille. -See books printed on century-old braille presses and modern digital versions. -Explore the efforts of generations of blind and visually impaired students, teachers, and inventors to overcome obstacles to learning. -Handle braille books, tactile maps, and globes. -Tour a working recording studio where "Talking Books" are made. Located on historic Frankfort Avenue, the American Printing House for the Blind is within easy walking distance of charming shops and restaurants.

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Very informative!

This is a very informative museum with convenient parking in their lot. Most of the exhibits are not hands on. They require a lot of reading and are not suitable for young... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 August 2016
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This is a very informative museum with convenient parking in their lot. Most of the exhibits are not hands on. They require a lot of reading and are not suitable for young children.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

I took a road trip with my kids from Columbus, OH to Nashville, TN. My son is a terrible traveler so to break up the drive, I stopped every 90 minutes. I looked for free things to do in Louisville and came across a tour for this facility. I want my kids to have a well rounded education and this... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

It was seeped in rich history and information, but would advise not to take kids who don't do well with taped off areas, being quiet for long periods of time, or listening.

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Jefferson, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

I am a teacher for Visually Impaired students and had to see this museum! It did not disappoint and is really full of exhibits related to the evolution of blind services. For those not fully acquainted with blind issues this is a great introduction. For others like me, it is a good review. I liked the way it was organized... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Lots of hands on activities for children in the museum. Our 7 and 11 year olds had a great time! The factory tour was very good. Very interesting for adults as well.

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Florissant, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

This was a great tour. No only does it show you the history of braile and how it is all put together it will also show you the history of how things have evolved thoughout the years.

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Delta, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

This your was so interesting, and we had a fabulous tour guide. We learned so much about technology that is available for the visually impaired and had an opportunity to actually see Braille books being printed. Another highlight if the tour was watching the process for recording audio books, and then actually hearing the narrator recording a book. It was... More 

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Louisville, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

You can spend a fascinating hour or so checking out this museum. It's free, has history , well curated exhibits and some interesting hands on stuff for kids

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Must see!!! We loved the museum, but the tour was absolutely essential in our enjoyment. There are 2 each day, ours was a 10. Factory tour of the company, but also an excellent museum. Very well done, all around.

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

This was my second visit to the museum and it is one of my favorites! Friendly staff, a great curator, and great exhibits.

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