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Musťe Valentin HaŁy Museum In Paris France

The Museum is devoted to the history of the blind plus the methods and progress that have enabled these people to gain access to culture and learning through things such as literature and music.

The Musťe Valentin HaŁy was founded in 1886 by Edgard Guilbeau, who was the Professor of the National Institute of Blind Children, and the museum belongs to the Association Valentin HaŁy which was named after the first school for the blind that opened in Paris in 1784.

And since it was originally founded, the main mission of the museum is to inform the public about blindness and the major methods that have developed to allow the blind and the visually impaired to access culture.

Musee Valentin Hauy

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You will be able to trace the main stages of the struggle for acceptance and integration of people with vision impairments through historical documents, such as engravings and photographs along with numerous instruments and equipment such as the Braille typewriter that have made learning possible for both children and adults alike.

From Valentin Hauy that was the author of Essay on the Education of the Blind and his linear system through to Louis Braille the inventor of the Braille method that we all know today, this museum is a fascinating place that actually makes you realise how things have changed dramatically over such a short period of time in history.

Valentin Hauy was born in 1745 and became a key figure in Paris during the 18th Century and early 19th Century.

He was the founder of the very first school for the blind, not just within the city of Paris, but throughout the World and Valentin was committed to helping people who had difficulties with their sight.

Valentin made great leaps and bounds by helping the blind people to become educated, getting them more disabled rights and respect throughout France and this was an effect that moved across the world and this museum is dedicated to his life and the work he produced. 

The Musťe Valentin HaŁy is open on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 2.30pm through to 5pm, but is shut on all other week days and is also closed on national holidays through the school holidays in July and August.

If you require to visit the museum as a group, then this would need to be reserved and you must allow at least one to two weeks notice prior to the date you require to attend.

Address & Contact Details:

Association Valentin HaŁy
5 Rue Duroc

Tel: 1 44 49 27 27

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