The Typhlological Museum is a specialized museum, and its name comes from the Greek words “typhlos” (blind) and “logos” (narration, speech, thought, reason).
The Museum is a public governmental institution that collects, stores, researches, documents and communicates tangible and non-tangible materials related to people with special needs, with an emphasis on people with visual impairment.
The Dark Room, as you can guess from its name, is completely dark. It is our way of getting acquainted with, or better to say, trying to simulate the inability to receive information from the environment using sight.
The Origins of Institutional Care for the Blind
First attempts to enable school education to blind children in our area happened in the first half of the 19th century, with blind children being sent to the "Imperial-Royal Educational Institute for Blind People" in Vienna. It was not until the end of the 19th century that more favourable social conditions incurred, appropriate for the realization of the idea about a methodical education of blind people.
Everyday life in the National Institute for Education of Blind Children
It was on 1st September1895 that the National Institute for Education of Blind Children in Zagreb was opened, with thirteen blind children to be provided with general education and vocational training in craft for boys and handwork for girls.
Development of the Script for Blind People
Ever since the time of ancient civilizations we have been coming across various attempts of creating a script for blind people. But a systematic development of such a script commences with establishment of first institutions for blind people, and in the late 18th and the early 19th centuries, several scripts appear in institutes where blind people were educated.
Keeping up with time ...
Since the revolutionary invention of the Braille, and times of first reading tables, through Braille typing machines, we have stepped into a new period - the IT era.
Do you know that there is a computer for blind people?
Art Work by Blind Authors
Art work by blind authors demonstrates creative grasp of blind people in the area of art, the proportion of their strength and creative imagination, and at the same time eliminates prejudice towards blind people and their ability to express themselves in art.