Museum of Science and Industry

Read Without Seeing

Step 4 of 4: What's happening?

Braille is a system of raised dots that is read with the fingers. It was invented in the early 1800s by Louis Braille of France, who became blind when he was a boy. Each Braille character is made up of six dot positions, arranged in a rectangle comprising two columns of three dots each. A dot may be raised at any of the six positions, or any combination. Counting the space, in which no dots are raised, there are 64 such combinations.

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  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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