The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Website complies with all the accessibility directives for Level Double-A Website content specified by the W3C. All Priority 1 and 2 requisites have been exhaustively checked in order to guarantee compliance with current legislation.
The following are just some of the steps taken to assure accessibility to the Bilbao Fine Art Museum's Website:
All pages include 4 well-differentiated areas:
All documents respect and maintain the order of these four areas, even when there are no cascading style sheets and when a screen reader is used.
All Website images contain the "alt" attribute in order to provide an equivalent text for non textual elements, with the exception of merely decorative images.
All page elements follow a logical tabulation order to assure keyboard navigation of the same.
These videos for the hearing impaired are encrusted in a fixed section of the Website that also contains additional content (original text). In order to watch the videos, you must have the Adobe Flash Player installed in your Browser.
Last century, a reformation and expansion project for the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum was started towards the end of the '90's.
In the previous study of needs, the lack of proper accesses for and the use of Museum spaces and services by the physically impaired became immediately apparent. The complexity of our having a historic building dating from the year 1945 to which another, modern extension had been added towards the end of the '60's, made a modification of accesses and an improvement in general transit an absolute priority. In order to do this, current norm D16/84 was applied in the Accessibility Plan referring to the elimination of architectural barriers bearing in mind the following points:
The old entrance to the Museum that used to have a staircase was changed.
Two new entrances were built giving access to the Museum from the reformed Plaza del Monumento to the Arriaga and from the new Plaza Chillida. Both of these new entrances give directly into the Museum, neither have stairs and they are both on the same level.
Interior communication problems were solved using ramps.
6 elevators, 2 goods lifts, 3 general use lifts and 1 specially adapted lift were installed.
2 new toilets, complete with their recommended free-movement distances, bars and supports for easier use by the handicapped, were also installed.
Signposting inside the Museum keeps all accessibility aspects in mind.
Maps indicating the specially-adapted itinerary avoiding all architectural and structural barriers are available. There are wheel- and folding-chairs available to visitors at the Ticket Office. Click here to look at the specially-adapted itinerary map
Some rows of conventional seats were removed to accommodate wheel-chairs.
On the other hand, students participating in the Visiting a Workshop Programme for Students with Visual Handicaps or Impediments and their fellow classmates consists of a route that has been specially adapted according to ievel of the students. Students will also visit a space in which they can experiment both tactilely and haptically.
In conjunction with Iberdrola and ONCE (The Spanish National Organisation for the Blind), the Museum offers people who are visually impaired the possibility of getting to know the Museum Collection by using a specific programme. The Museum also has a specially-adapted computer available for consulting the Museum Collection in the Library. We are currently working on an itinerary using Braille signs.
The Museum, in collaboration with Iberdrola and Gorabide, suggests an introduction to the Museum for people with special learning difficulties with a series of specially commented visits.
The Museum has designed visits to the Museum Collection and Exhibitions for people in social insertion programmes. These visits use a methodology that has been specially adapted to this group's interest and expectations.