In the competition“Lithuania’s tourist destination of excellence 2013. Tourism adapted to everyone”, the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania was recognized as an exclusive tourist destination and took the prize “The Money Museum — the friendliest museum in Vilnius”. The awarding ceremony of the competition laureates took place on 24 July 2013 in Vilnius. The competition was organised by the State Department of Tourism to the Ministry of Economy, participating in the European Commission’s EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) project. 21 tourist objects in our country took part in this competition. The idea to rate the Money Museum came from the Vilnius Tourist Information Centre.
The Money Museum is adapted to people with disabilities. For people with movement disorders, the Museum has installed outdoor and indoor elevators, a special WC. Buttons enable to regulate magnifying glasses and get acquainted with items exhibited on moving stands. The handles of the pull-out stands are made so that they could be reached by a person sitting in a wheelchair. Those who are visually handicapped (partially blinded) can make use of a special audio guide with conventional tactile buttons, while the numbers of the stands are written in a larger print. Rubber bands on the stairs protect Museum visitors from slipping, at the same time serving as tactile bands, which is a function of particular importance for visually handicapped people. The Museum has also installed an electronic excursion audio guide system in sign language, which is adjusted to people with hearing disabilities. For them, the narration about the Museum’s exhibition is translated into sign language on the screen of a tablet computer. The route of the excursion is marked with a hands symbol. The system is simple and easily manageable. Those with hearing disabilities can visit the Museum on an individual basis and make use of all of the possibilities provided by the Museum without asking help from a translator. The Money Museum is the first museum in the Baltic States with an electronic system of translating into sign language installed.