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New Nelson-Atkins exhibit provides tool for guests who are color blind

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 17:03:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The new Access + Ability exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is providing a special tool to help visitors get the most out of their experience.

EnChroma has given the museum four pairs of glasses designed to correct red-green color blindness.

Curators hope guests who are colorblind are able to use the glasses to see the museum's body of art in the full range of colors the artists used.

"Adding these EnChroma glasses to be available for check out, we're really hoping that our color blind visitors can wear them and experience the magic of the art that's in this building at the full capacity,” Sarah Biggerstaff, curator for the Nelson-Atkins, said.

The glasses will be available for visitors to check out at the coat check.

The Access + Ability exhibit is on loan from the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York.

Worldwide, color blindness affects around 350 million people, EnChroma said. One in 12 of those affected are men, while one in 200 are women.