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Collection tours

Another tour option is a collection tour. These custom tours are based on image collections. Some museums have created databases of images of objects in the collection. These collections may be searchable on the Web. Collection tours can:

The Peabody Essex Museum web site contains a section named ARTscape which is a multimedia tool that allows viewers to create and save their own "collections" through keyword searches. By use of a "connections" feature viewers can refine their self-guided online tours. ARTscape won an American Association of Museums 2004 MUSE Awards Honorable Mention in the Collection Database/Reference Resource category. ARTscape was produced in 2003 by Second Story Inc., which has developed other innovative Web projects for American art museums. Second Story says:

The visual design of the site reflects the emergence of the Peabody Essex Museum as a new and different kind of museum -- one that creates a richer experience for visitors by bringing art, architecture, and culture together in new ways. ARTscape takes the collections accessibility to new heights with an intuitive interface that suggests relationships between objects and ideas. An extensive keywording system applied to all content incorporates both concrete and abstract criteria, applying a "fuzzy logic" approach to suggesting connections between concepts. Rather than generating a limited set of search results such as those typically made through static, linked databases, ARTscape helps forge experiences as unique and personalized as each individual's imagination.

The Whitney Museum of American Art's American Voices audio tour introduces many of the art works in the Permanent Collection. The tour features the voices of notable artists, authors, and scholars as well as Whitney curators, all of whom bring multiple perspectives to the works. The Story of America tour features 27 key works in the museum's collection. Each audio clip is accompanied with a transcript and image of the art work being discussed. The program uses RealPlayer.


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