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The management of the Historical Museum and Park of the Miramare Castle is specially committed to ensuring the widest access possible to cultural heritage.

Several initiatives have been undertaken in recent months, in particular the signature of a memorandum of understanding with the Undersecretariat of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in charge of family and disability affairs and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Authority, at the presence of the President of the Council of Ministers Giuseppe Conte.

The planned initiatives to be developed in the coming months include, in particular, the repaving of the main paths in the park, the replacement of interior and exterior signage, the provision of audioguides and accessible cultural supports to the visit. In addition, with regard to barrier-free accessibility, further key will actions include the installation of a lift in order to allow visitors with reduced mobility to access the upper floor of the castle.

The ground floor of the museum can be visited by people with reduced mobility as it is barrier-free. On the other hand, the upper floor is not currently accessible to people with walking disabilities, due to the absence of a suitable lift. The museum is currently installing a lift accessible to the public and wheelchair users which will be available in a few months.

Viale dei Lecci, which connects the Porta della Bora to the castle, can be used by wheelchair users and, if required, by vehicles transporting disabled people. Also the former stables, the castle piazza and the terrace surrounding the building can be easily accessed by users with reduced mobility or people in wheelchairs. To reach the other areas of the park (parterre, greenhouses, castelletto), please contact the museum management to make arrangements to open the Via Beirut entrance to motor vehicles.

In the parking area, in the initial stretch of the driveway leading to the museum, two spaces are reserved for disabled people. About 300 metres long, the driveway is accessible by wheelchairs as well as vehicles transporting disabled people needing to stop directly at the entrance of the museum.

To have direct access to the castle square by car and have the barrier removed at the Viale dei Lecci entrance, please contact the porter service using the intercom buzzer placed to the left of the Porta della Bora gate.

On request, if you are entitled to use a space reserved for disabled people, the security guards can cancel your parking ticket. Please bring the ticket received upon entry with you and produce it to the security staff upon leaving the museum.

EU citizens with disabilities who can show evidence of their registration with the social and healthcare services (Ministerial Decree no. 239 of 20 April 2006) are entitled to free admission to the museum, together with a family member or another caregiver.

In the coming months, the museum management is planning to redefine and update the educational material available for the visit. Particular attention will be paid to the educational material intended for people with visual and cognitive disabilities.

At the moment, the museum provides Braille educational supports for the visit to the castle and the park, which were designed in collaboration with the Rittmeyer Institute of Trieste. Equipped with tactile maps, the supports are available free of charge, upon request, in Italian, English and German.

To book the supports and qualified assistance, please contact the Educational Services Office of the Historical Museum and Park of the Miramare Castle: mu-mira@beniculturali.it – tel. +39 040 224143 extension 2.

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