August 15, 2016
by weareallears
Top Tips

Top Museums for People with Hearing Loss

If you’re looking for a day of art, culture and fun, look no further than any of Australia’s many museums and art galleries for an interesting and thought provoking day out. In addition to their standard collections, most museums will also periodically feature specially curated travelling exhibitions for you to peruse.

Most museums and galleries offer guided tours and many even offer extra tours for people with hearing loss in order to share their collections, exhibitions and events with a diverse audience.



Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art offers AUSLAN tours for people with hearing loss where you can explore selected works throughout the gallery. Booking is free, but essential.

For more information email: or call 02 9245 2484

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW has a range of access programs for groups or individuals, such as Auslan interpreters for those with hearing loss, available free of charge if you book at least two weeks in advance. They also offer audio-described tours of the permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions.

For booking, contact their public programs office on 02 9225 1740 or email to request a booking form.


National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia in Canberra has audible voice messages in each lift which indicate the direction it’s heading in and which gallery level it’s on. They offer personalised hearing loops for all guided tours, and hearing induction loops in all of their theatre spaces.

You can call the Museum through the National Relay Service: TTY 1800 555 677 or Speak and Listen call 1800 555 727 or internet relay and ask for 1800 026 132

National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia provides a range of services, facilities and programs to enable visitors with hearing loss to access the national collection.

There are Audio Induction Loop Systems installed at the main entry, Gandel Hall, in the James O Fairfax Theatre (rows 1–5) and in the Small Theatre. Sign-interpreted lectures are a regular feature of each major exhibition. For information about upcoming lectures, contact the gallery via email or phone 02 6240 6519

If assistance is required during a visit, just ask the nearest security officer or information officer.



The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art offers a range of free services and programs for visitors with hearing loss.

An infra-red hearing loop system is installed in the Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA.

GOMA works with the Conexu Foundation to provide accessible options for hard of hearing visitors. A number of Auslan interpreted and captioned videos relating to exhibitions and artworks in their Collection are available for viewing on QAGOMA TV. Visitors with a mobile device can also view the videos using Conexu’s OpenAccess Tours app. 

Volunteer guides conduct customised tours for visitors and groups who have made bookings. Their volunteer tour guides are accompanied by a NAATI accredited Auslan interpreter and tours are scheduled on the last Sunday of the month from February to November, and are free unless otherwise advertised. Visitors with a cochlear implant, hearing aid or hearing loss are invited to join a small group tour to explore featured exhibitions or selected artworks. Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available. Tours are scheduled once a month from February to November and are provided subject to availability. A minimum of 2 business days booking notice is required.

To book, contact the Group Bookings Office between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday on 07 3840 7255

For more information on the accessibility programs of your nearest gallery or museum, just check their websites.

If you know of any good galleries with tours or special facilities for people with hearing loss please let us know in the comments.

August 15, 2016
by weareallears

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