The mission of the Tower of David Museum is to offer everyone the opportunity to better understand the history and contemporary culture of Jerusalem. Local and international visitors are invited to explore the galleries and to take part in the many activities and events offered throughout the year.
To this end, the Museum creates special programs for schoolchildren with special needs, children and youth at risk, and young soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces. The Museum also hosts new immigrant groups and populations from the geographic and cultural periphery who are not usually exposed to either the Museum or the legacy of Jerusalem and creates group-specific programs for varied populations respecting cultural differences.
Accessibility for All
The Tower of David is dedicated to making the museum inclusive and accessible for all our visitors no matter their needs. Whether the visitor has physical, emotional or neurological disabilities, the TOD believes that everyone has the right to enjoy our world-class cultural site and learn about the stories and events that make up the city of Jerusalem.
The TOD has already launched a radical program for families with children with special needs that addresses the needs of the entire family. In most cases, families with special needs children do not visit museums because of the crowds, because of the stress, because of the fear of inappropriate behavior. During the hours when the museum is usually closed, we host families with all their children, those with and without special needs, who can visit the museum galleries in a stress-free environment and enjoy special creative workshops and programming that is geared to the needs of all the family members.
The response was immediate and overwhelming. Families come to the museum from as far away as Beersheba, Kfar Saba and Tel Aviv and the feedback is completely positive.
Building on this success, the Museum is expanding its inclusive experience program beyond families to include older adults as well. It will create a network of museums that will share best practices among cultural sites in Israel and sponsor conferences and workshops so that all museums will be able to plan and produce appropriate events for special needs. The museum is also supporting the development and integration of technology into the museum experience to provide a better experience for all – with and without special needs. We are establishing an advisory committee of experts to help make museums accessible, physically and emotionally. We will also support the development and integration of technology into the museum experience.
The Tower of David is now raising funds to support these programs and make them available year round.
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