Accessible cultural treats
The cultural sector is one of the forerunners when it comes to accessibility. Many museums, concert halls and theatres around Finland have put huge effort into improving accessibility, and now accessible entrances, toilets and seating, as well as tactile signs and hearing induction loops, are a standard feature in many places.
Historical buildings have proven challenging when improving accessibility, but now several success stories lead the way. One of them is the 700-year-old Turku castle, which hosts exhibitions and events, and is now partly accessible to everybody thanks to an accessible entrance, lift and a toilet. Another, Helsinki Cathedral, famous for its hundreds of steps, is nowadays accessible to a wheelchair user thanks to a firm, wooden ramp on the other side of the church.