Kansas City, MO Sept. 29, 2010 – Using their own smartphones or one of the Museum’s iPod Touch players, visitors can now easily listen to information about more than 250 works of art at
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Nelson-Atkins Mobile Guide premieres Friday, Oct. 1, offering the Museum’s excellent audio content on a new technology platform.
The Mobile Guide is actually a mobile-optimized website — http://www.nelson-atkins.org/mobileguide/. The entire Museum and Sculpture Park are now equipped with Wi-Fi, so visitors can access the guide anywhere on the Museum campus from their smartphones or laptops.
Headsets also will be available for visitors to plug into their own devices. In the gallery, certain works of art are identified with a label and a number. Pressing that number on the phone’s pad will pull up an audio entry, a transcript for hard-of-hearing visitors and additional object information.
The program highlights works in every collection of the Nelson-Atkins. Later this fall, 24 new stops featuring the American Indian collection will be added. Visitors also can take part in two special Mobile Guide tours: one is the family-friendly Kansas City Sculpture Park, and the other is the architecturally focused Stone and Feather: A Tour of Two Buildings.
Funded through the generosity of George K. Baum & Company and Ann & Kenneth Baum
The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, new American Indian and Egyptian galleries, photography and modern sculpture. [snip].
The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO.