5. Sculptures You Can Touch

While most museums strongly warn you not to touch the artwork, at the Chaim Gross Foundation you are encouraged to touch (at least some of the items!). There is an entire gallery filled with art they want you to touch. The sculptures were crafted by Chaim Gross and made of a variety of materials from stone to wood to metal. The foundation uses this gallery as a learning space and often hosts Tactile Transmissions, a program geared toward visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

There is also a sculpture inside the studio you can touch. The sculpture is unfinished and serves as an example of a work in progress. It allows visitors see and feel the groves in the wood made from the chisel before it is smoothed.

You can join a public tour of the Renee and Chaim Gross townhouse starting September 4th. Tours run on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3:00pm and 6:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00pm and 3:00pm through the end of June. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Find out where Untapped Cities Insiders are going next by checking our our member events page. Not an Insider yet? Sign up here to gain free access to behind-the-scenes tours and special events all year long! Check out more photos of our visit to the Chaim Gross townhouse below:

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