The programme “The Museum outside the Museum” grew out of a commitment to make the contents of the Museo Egizio’s collections accessible to all those unable to visit the Museum in Via Accademia delle Scienze. For the various institutions (hospitals, prisons, schools, universities) a special educational path has been developed to reach and involve new publics. This creates an access channel that allows different groups of users to actively experience the collection.
An example is long-term hospital patients who, unfortunately, often find themselves losing contact with the social setting from which they come, hence losing interest in what happens outside their routine. This is particularly deeply felt by paediatric patients and their families. Creating a learning opportunity for them can help them to cope with life better in their confined space and recover a perception of the outside world.
Similarly, prisons have also been active for some time in the field of training, helping their inmates return to society by enabling them to attend educational and professional courses and apprenticeship programmes.
Also in this case, lessons, reading and conversations about the educational value of art and history become instruments for involving prisoners, showing them a museum that would otherwise be closed to them.