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Design Museum Brussels

The Design Museum Brussels, established after the acquisition of a private collection by the Atomium, is a place dedicated to design and its history. Since 2015, the museum's collection, the Plastic Design Collection, circumscribes the landscape of plastics in design from the 1950s to the present day. Alongside this collection, the museum opened belgisch design belge, a new permanent exhibition space dedicated to Belgian design and its history.

Enriched by a programme of temporary exhibitions, the Design Museum Brussels also explores other fields of design creation and its impact on society and our daily lives.

Through exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, conferences and events, the museum aims to ensure that design is intelligible to one and all.

The building does not have its own car park. However, it is possible to park in the Brussels Expo car park, which is close to the museum.

There is also a drop-off point about 100 m from the museum.

The museum offers a room where all the works in the museum can be touched and handled by the visitor. 

Strong points

Staff
  • There is staff available to direct and guide.

Points of attention

Safety
  • There is no specific map available (indicating the accessible pathways and equipment).

Strong points

Parking
  • There is at least 1 reserved parking space less than 100 metres from the entrance.
Access road from the street
  • Most of the transit areas are sufficiently large.
  • There is no step to negotiate.
  • The floor is regular and free of obstacles.
Entrance
  • The entrance is easy to identify.
  • The main entrance is accessible.
  • The opening of the door is automatic.
  • The staff sees the persons who arrive and can offer assistance.
Home
  • The payment device is easy to use.
  • There is a mobile payment device.
  • The free space in front of the counter is sufficiently big.
  • The counter is at the correct height.
Horizontal circulation
  • There is no step to negotiate.
  • The floor is regular and free of obstacles.
  • The width of the hallways is sufficient.
  • Most of the transit areas are sufficiently large.
Vertical circulation
  • There is a lift.
  • The lift can be used in autonomy.
Adapted sanitary
  • The adapted toilet is easy to find.
  • An adapted toilet is available, well signalled and easy to use.

Points of attention

Adapted sanitary
  • The key to the toilet must be requested from the staff.

The museum is set back about 100 m from the road. There are no benches along this route.

There are many steps at the entrance, which are compensated for by a platform lift.

At each entrance to the various museum rooms there is a rail. It is less than 2 cm high, but still problematic for people with walking difficulties.

Strong points

Parking
  • The reserved parking spaces are properly indicated.
Entrance
  • The entrance is easy to identify.
  • The staff sees the persons who arrive and can offer assistance.
  • The main entrance is accessible.
Home
  • Seats are available near the reception.
  • Seat sticks are available.
Horizontal circulation
  • There is no step to negotiate.
Adapted sanitary
  • There is a toilet with grab bars and it is easy to use.
Exposition
  • The majority of the content of the exhibition is accessible.

Points of attention

Parking
  • The reserved parking spaces are located further than 100 metres from the entrance.
Access road from the car park
  • There are not enough seats along the pathway.
Horizontal circulation
  • The floor is hardly passable in some places.
Exposition
  • There are not enough seats.

Note: In our analysis, we assume that blind people come accompanied when visiting museums.

Indeed, our experience has shown this to be the case.

The museum does not currently offer an adapted visit. (project in progress ...)

At each entrance to the different museum rooms there is a rail. It is less than 2 cm high, but still problematic for people with visual impairment.

Strong points

Access road from the street
  • The dangerous objects in the pathway are secured.
  • Circulation is free from obstacles.
Guide dog
  • Assistance dogs are accepted.
Entrance
  • The entrance is easy to identify.
  • The opening of the door is automatic.
  • The staff sees the persons who arrive and can offer assistance .
Home
  • The reception is located in front of the entrance.
  • The staff sees the persons coming into the building and can assist them.

Points of attention

Access road from the car park
  • There are no guide-lines in the large pathways.
Access road from the street
  • There are no guide-lines.
Horizontal circulation
  • There is at least one non-secured step in the logical pathway.
Exposition
  • No adapted tours are planned.

The museum does not currently offer adapted tours. (project in progress ...)

At each entrance to the different museum rooms there is a rail. It is less than 2 cm high, but still problematic for people with visual impairment.

Many parts of the museum are glazed and not sufficiently secured.

Strong points

Access road from the car park
  • There are no obstacles.
Access road from the street
  • Circulation is free from obstacles.
  • The dangerous objects in the pathway are secured.
  • The path contrasts with its environment.
Entrance
  • The entrance is located in the logical continuation of the pathway.
  • The opening of the door is automatic.
Home
  • The staff sees the persons coming into the building and can assist them.
  • The reception is located in front of the entrance.
  • The reception is located in the logical continuation of the pathway.
  • The reception is in a quiet environment.
Exposition
  • The majority of the works are visible at close range.

Points of attention

Access road from the car park
  • There are no natural or artificial guide-lines.
Access road from the street
  • There are no guide-lines.
Horizontal circulation
  • The glass walls and doors are not secured by a contrasting visual marking.
  • Some glass walls in the pathway are not secured by a contrasting visual marking.
  • There is at least one non-secured step in the logical pathway.
Exposition
  • The written explanations are hard to read.
  • There is no visitor guide in large characters.
  • No adapted tours are planned.

Strong points

Entrance
  • The entrance is easy to find.
  • The staff sees the persons who arrive and can offer assistance.
Home
  • The reception is open, well lit and allows lip reading.
  • The reception is easy to find and close to the entrance.
  • The institution can be contacted in writing: text or email.
Wireless
  • It is possible to connect to the mobile networks, 3G or 4G.
Adapted sanitary
  • The toilets are easy to find.

Points of attention

Exposition
  • There is no easy to read support.
  • There are no organised guided tours in sign language.

Strong points

Home
  • The reception is located in a quiet environment.
  • The reception is easy to find and close to the entrance.
  • The institution can be contacted in writing: text or email.
  • The rates are displayed in the reception.
  • The premises are easy to understand.
Light
  • The lighting is sufficient and allows lip reading.
Adapted sanitary
  • It is possible to see whether a toilet is occupied or free.
Exposition
  • The displayed content is mainly visual.
  • Written explanations are available.

Points of attention

Parking
  • There is an access gate to the car park and no staff on hand.
Entrance
  • The entrance is hard to find.
Home
  • The counter has a glass partition and there is no induction loop.
Exposition
  • There is no easy to read support.

Strong points

Entrance
  • The entrance is easy to find.
  • The entrance device us easy to find and use.
  • The staff sees the persons who arrive and can offer assistance.
Home
  • The reception is calm.
  • The reception is easy to find and close to the entrance.
Vertical circulation
  • The staircases are equipped with at least one secure handrail.
Horizontal circulation
  • The location is calm and well lit.
Adapted sanitary
  • The toilets are easy to find.
Exposition
  • There is no need to by a ticket in advance.
  • The exhibition is varied (touch, smell, sight, hearing).
  • The lighting is sufficient and continuous all through the visit.
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