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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
10:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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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... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2016
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Reviewed 15 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.

Thank Miyelani
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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.

Thank remcdani
Pecatonica, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016

This place should be in the top three things to do in Louisville. You won't find a museum or tour like this anywhere else. The museum is fun, interesting and educational for all ages. Be sure to take the tour. It is a one of a kind experience. I can't believe that they don't have more visitors than they do.... More 

1 Thank Dolly M
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166 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015

My sisters and I were looking for something to do in Louisville to take up a rainy afternoon, and we found a brochure of this museum and tour. IT"S FREE, so why not? We were able to take the tour with Roberta, who has worked at this business for 20 years...so was able to answer any questions and give us... More 

1 Thank Kathleen Rene
Louisville, Kentucky
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015

Stopped in to the American Printing House for the Blind on the kid's Cultural Pass this summer. Ended up being just two kids and myself. We were there over two hours, and I had to drag the kids out. Two 11 year old boys loved it! Very education, great staff doing the tour, and we all learned a great deal,... More 

1 Thank tewks
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

Both the museum & the drop-in tour were excellent & fascinating. Lots of tactile & audio exhibits, of course, but also a lot of printed material on everything. Allow at least an hour & a half for tour (M - Th, at 10 & 2). Allow another several hours for the museum if you want to experience most of the... More 

1 Thank 13travellover
Golden Eagle, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2015

Small, chock full of interesting facts and an amazing history of educating the blind. We should have allowed more time. The staff graciously allowed us to stay another 30 minutes after closing while they finished their work.

1 Thank Kelly M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2015

Our group of 6 found the museum interesting (age range 63 to almost 2). A lot of things to look at and touch. Wish we had been there at a time for the factory tour. Lots to learn. Won't take a ton of time, but a good educational quick trip.

1 Thank stacy0w
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2015

You have to check in and get a visitor's badge at the front desk. Then you can take the elevator to the 2nd floor where you'll find a large museum. They also have a small hall of fame area on the 3rd floor. If you want to take a factory tour, they offer it at 10am and 2pm Monday to... More 

1 Thank honestrealreviews
Louisville, Kentucky
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135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2015

Taking a tour is worth your time. The staff is friendly and helpful. This is an amazing complex which is well managed.

2 Thank betagirl67

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