Name of the institution
Museo Tattile Statale Omero, Ancona (Italy)
Banchina Giovanni da Chio 28, Ancona, Italy
Official e.mail address
Year of the project
Duration of the project
Category of participants
from primary to middle school (5/6 - 12/13 yrs)
Number of participants
Fields of experience
Type(s) of experience
didactic activity/atelier
cultural institution (museum, theatre...)
Aims of the project (3 max)
  • Creativity education
  • To experience the exhibition as a place where you feel welcomed and involved in participating actively
  • Inclusion and Accessibility Education
  • Education in the expression of thoughts and emotions and the use of the five senses, especially touch


Basic knowledge
Children have experimented the sense of touch and its potential. They have also got to know Maria Montessori and Bruno Munari’s approach
Elaboration process
Transforming thoughts and images by searching for original figurative solutions
Children have made creative personal and authentic productions to express feelings and emotions
Children have shared their work with their mates
Use of different sensory channels
Improvement of the manual-eye coordination and development of the sense of touch
Use of the language (oral expression)
Interactive visit in which the child is encouraged to express thoughts, opinions and feelings verbally
Use of written artistic resources (graphic expression)
Children have been engaged through the technique of multi-material collage. They have chosen materials according to the feeling they wanted to express
Narrative approach

This experience was based on storytelling, in order to present the figures of Maria Montessori and Bruno Munari. Interactive readings have also been used

Playful approach
Some little games during the visit
Soft skills
creative thinking
Brief description of the project
The Education Department of Museo Omero has been creating accessible and inclusive workshops for everyone for years, based in particular on the sense of touch. In this experience, we applied our methodological approach to the exhibition "Touching beauty" Maria Montessori- Bruno Munari.
The workshop "come ti pare" ("as you like it") included a visit to the exhibition "Touching beauty" and the workshop about the creation of a "come ti pare", i.e. a tactile book. The children were guided to discover pieces of works, materials and the artistic activity of Maria Montessori and Bruno Munari through the sense of touch. The exhibition "Touching beauty" was aimed at considering the touch from an aesthetic perspective. The question we asked the children before the visit was the following: Is it possible to recognize beauty even by touch?
The children touched materials, surfaces, works, objects and books with their eyes closed and open. These objects were placed on colored tables. The children let their faces be caressed by the tactile forest of Munari and entered the Montessori hall. Then, they went upstairs into the laboratory space
Description of the activity

Welcome, presentations and first introduction to the figures of Maria Montessori and Bruno Munari. Ther children were in circle sitting on the ground

Duration of the activity

15 minutes

How to involve children/teachers/educators/artists

Interactive visit involving the operator and the children

Description of the activity

Visit to the exhibition Touching Beauty (guided tour):

  • The children stopped at the tables to interact with materials and works. They were accompanied to the Forme table with their eyes covered, so that they could touch the geometric solids with their eyes closed. Then, they moved on to the pink tower and the Useless Machines of Munari
  • On the tables dedicated to the Leather of things and materials, the children were asked to touch the various surfaces of the tactile tables and then asked to focus on the different emotions they felt
  • On the table called Alphabets and tactile narratives, the letters of Maria Montessori were presented and a book by Bruno Munari was read. Finally, the Tactile Messages for a blind little girl from Munari were touched
  • The passage followed through two interactive environments: the Tactile Forest of Munari, where children were caressed by the "trees" and could contribute to their creation, and the Montessori classroom, where they could interact with the materials
Duration of the activity


How to involve children/teachers/educators/artists

Interactive visit, with games and sensory experiences

Description of the activity

Laboratory and discussion. In the laboratory, the children created a "come ti pare" starting from a series of simple cardboard modules bound together. Finally, those who wanted to do that, told their mates what they had done. They came out passing through the tactile labyrinth

Duration of the activity


How to involve children/teachers/educators/artists


Results of the project (3 max)
- The participants got to know the figures of Bruno Munari and Maria Montessori
- They have experienced the importance of the 5 senses, especially the touch, through practical experiences
- They have developed manual skills and creative thinking during the workshop
Continuity of the project over the years


Materials used

Cardboard, scissors, glue, adhesive tape, papers of various thickness, texture and texture, fabrics of various texture and surface, feathers, buttons, cork, wood, plastic, threads and ropes of various thickness and material

Artifacts produced

Each child has produced a tactile book