Tour the Aquarium by Touch

A person providing guided two finger touch of a moon jelly.

Experience the Aquarium through touch and sound: A day for guests with vision loss


November 9, 2019


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Regular Aquarium hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.)


Discounted admission rates of $12 per adult and $7 per child offered with an RSVP. Low income access rates, groups rates and Aquarium memberships also apply for this day.

This year the Aquarium’s growing partnership with the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss has led to changes that ensure that individuals with vision loss can have a meaningful experience in our space. A number of Lighthouse staff and volunteers from age 8-80 helped us trial tactile tours, audio described interpretive programs, and braille books. Now we feel as though we are ready to offer tactile tours to the public. A tactile or hands-on tour brings description and tactile experiences with models and bio facts to share what guests experience visually at the Aquarium.

Join us to celebrate this year of collaboration and the launch of the tactile tour program on Saturday, November 9 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Event activities include:

  • Large print, braille and audio exhibit descriptions
  • Audio described interpretive programs and animal feedings
  • Tactile stations with staff and volunteers to guide and describe animals, habitats, and artifacts (bio facts)
  • All touch pools open with staff and volunteers available to guide touch experiences
  • Lion’s Club vision screenings
  • Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss tools and technology demonstrations

Questions or requests for accommodations?

Please contact Samantha Smingler at or 218-740-2003. To learn more about our onsite accessibility accommodations, transportation options please visit out Accessibility and Inclusion page.

Interested in volunteering at this event?

We are looking for volunteers to welcome guests and provide large print and braille schedules and maps; human guiding through the exhibit floor; reading and describing exhibits; handing out ear pieces for program audio description; supporting Lighthouse stations and more.

Training will be offered to volunteers on best practices for human guiding and describing on Tuesday, October 29 and Tuesday, November 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Event volunteers must attend at least one session.

Please contact Samantha Smingler at or 218-740-2003.