Born June 27, 1880, Keller is hailed for her remarkable journey to communication after becoming deaf and blind at the early age of 19 months. A constant advocate for the disabled and disenfranchised, Keller’s life remains a remarkable symbol of triumph over adversity. Carrying on the spirit of her work, Dialog in the Dark presents the perfect opportunity for today’s able-bodied guest to better understand Keller’s personal struggles and transform the perceptions of the world in which they live.
Commended as a unique and inspiring exhibition, Dialog in the Dark replicates New York City environments while challenging visitors to navigate situations without the use of sight. A striking contrast to how Keller was led by her teacher, guests of Dialog are led by a blind or visually-impaired guide through interactive galleries in total darkness, forcing them to rely only on a walking cane and their remaining four senses – touch, smell, hearing and taste.
About Helen Keller:
• At the age of seven, an unruly Keller met Anne Sullivan who helped her surmount her tremendous frustrations and disabilities to eventually attend Cambridge School for Young Ladies in 1896.
• In 1904, Keller was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
• Keller became a well-known celebrity through lectures about her experiences and tirelessly working on behalf of the disabled, as well as tackling issues such as women’s suffrage and birth control.
• In 1920, Keller helped found the American Civil Liberties Union.
• Keller became the counselor of international relations for the American Foundation of Overseas Blind in 1946 and traveled to 35 continents bringing inspiration to millions.
• The 1957 television drama, The Miracle Worker, was based on Keller’s autobiography.
A truly eye-opening experience, Dialog in the Dark seeks to provide its guests a deeper understanding of the blind community and compassion for all people, no matter their differences. Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions, Inc. presents Dialog in the Dark, which has been showcased in more than 30 locations worldwide and visited by more than seven million people. South Street Seaport’s exhibition is the only U.S. location where visitors can embark on Dialog in the Dark.
Dialog in the Dark is open Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $36 on weekdays and $38 on weekends, plus applicable fees. Student and senior discounts may be available. To purchase tickets, visit www.dialogtickets.com and use code GEN20 to receive the 20 percent discount.
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