THE MUSEUM’S ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
In the Museum of the Masovian Countryside you can see a Masovian village from the turn of the 20th century. Creating the exhibition, we have tried to present how lives of villagers looked like in the past. The houses were small and to enter them people had to use stairs made of stone. It may cause some limitations in walking around our museum. Most of buildings are antique therefore we cannot rebuild them. However, we try to increase the accessibility of our exhibitions for people who may come across various difficulties resulting from disabilities. Thus, we ask for your consideration.
CONCESSIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Reduced tickets are for people with disabilities and people who support or assist them, who are citizens of the European Union member states, the Swiss Confederation, and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states – parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area. A document entitling you to use the concession is a card confirming a disability or a degree of a disability.
A free, public car park with parking spaces for people with disabilities is located next to the Museum’s entrance from Narutowicza Street. The distance to the ticket office is about 80 steps. Wheelchair users have the possibility to leave their cars closer to the entrance to the exhibition part of the Museum – opposite the Hotel SKANSEN. In such case please buy your entry ticket online or at the ticket office priorly.
Toilets adapted to the needs of people with disabilities are located in the ticket office building at Narutowicza Street, as well as next to the Pohulanka inn and in the building G next to the Sculpture Gallery.
We advise you to use the Museum’s entrance from Narutowicza Street. Next to it there are designated parking places for people with disabilities (you have to cross the street). From the ticket office building to the Museum’s entrance there is a straight path (made of split granite setts).
On the way you pass:
- security service’s building and then manor park on the right
- administration and maintenance buildings on the left
- at the end of the path there is a gate – entrance to the Museum, here your tickets are checked
THE MUSEUM’S EXHIBITION
Sightseeing of the Museum lasts about 2 hours, the distance is about 2-3 kilometres.
People with hearing impairments
People with hearing impairments can hire at the Museum’s ticket offices audioguides with screens, on which you can see a Polish Sign Language translator. The sightseeing path with the translation in Polish Sign Language is projected for about 90 minutes. At the ticket offices you can also hire 6 neck hearing loops that facilitate using audioguides by people with hearing impairments.
Attention! For a correct usage of the hearing loops, hearing aids should be equipped with an inductor (which is standard in most of the currently used devices).
People with visual impairments and blind
The Museum enables the possibility to sightsee the exhibition spaces with an assistance dog.
For people with visual impairments, in one of the cottages there is an exhibition “To see with hands.” The cottage from Drwały village is located near Pohulanka inn and the smithy from Żuromin. In the cottage there are no impediments, therefore visitors are able to move freely around the exhibition.
ATTENTION! To keep the consistency with historical actuality, we left the entrances quite low (about 170 centimetres), as well as stairs made of stone and entry thresholds. Be careful while entering the cottage.
The exhibition enables touching a piece of the past, it gives the opportunity to listen the stories told by the creaking, wooden floor and smell the real hay mattresses, in short, it transfers you to the bygone times of authentically folk, rustic village from before decades. The cottage was built in the 19th century and represents a type of common at that time architecture from Plock Masovia region. The cottage is built of pine wood in a post-and-plank construction joined in a shape of ‘dovetail’ on the corners and the jerkinhead roof is thatched.
The symmetrical interior with the entrance hall parted by a chimney is divided into four rooms.
From the road side, there is a bedroom on the left side and on a right side a small room reconstructed from a chamber as evidenced by a well-preserved ‘wyglądek’ which is a small window closable with a wooden board.
From the backyard side, there is a farmers’ room and a bedroom on the left, while on the right side there is a vast kitchen with a brick stove and a bread oven.
The furnishings are from the half of the 20th century. They reflect the atmosphere of the first decade after the Second World War, when in many village houses essential changes began to be introduced which were the consequences of an increased migration of people.
Because of the character of the place – possibly most accurate reflection of the actuality of Masovian village from the turn of the 20th century there are some probable impediments for people with visual impairments:
- sandy road – the main road in the village – without clear ridges, possible irregularities
- stone-grass ground within farms
- entrances to the cottages are made of stone, with irregular ridges, irregular ground and different height
- low ceilings
- low doorways
Continually, we work on widening the offer for people with visual impairments and making the exhibition more accessible.
People with mobility impairments
People with mobility impairments can sightsee the “Manor transport” exhibition in the Coach House and the Folk Sculpture Gallery without limitations.
Educational classes offered by the Museum are held (depending on a form and topic of the classes) in educational rooms: A (ground floor of the ticket office building at Narutowicza Street, no impediments in motion for people with mobility impairments), G (first floor of a building G, there is a possibility to use a lift located in a hotel hall), a room in the Mill (first floor, no lift), as well as within appointed farms.
People with mobility impairments or people with reduced mobility during the visit in the Museum may come across following difficulties:
- sandy road – the main road in the village – without clear ridges, possible irregularities – impeding motion for wheelchair users
- stone-grass ground within farms – impeding motion for wheelchair users
- entrances to the cottages are made of stone, with irregular ridges, irregular ground and different height – impeding motion for wheelchair users
- narrow doors in cottages – making it impossible to enter for wheelchair users
- small/narrow entrance halls in cottages – making it impossible to make a turn for wheelchair users
The Museum is working on the project of adjusting the offer for people with mobility impairments.
MASOVIAN DAYS OF INTEGRATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
An open-air event in the Museum is organised on the last Saturday of August. The aim of the event is an integration, overcoming barriers and raising social awareness about the needs and problems of people with disabilities.
The Museum of the Masovian Countryside is currently adjusting the possibility of sightseeing for people with disabilities as well as widening and adjusting the educational offer. Concurrently, we ask you for information about the planned arrival of people with disabilities while booking your stay, in order to plan your visit in possibly the best and the most attractive way for you.