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These 3 Museum Apps Will Take You on Virtual Tours

There’s no denying just how much technology has changed the way we function. From artists now creating collaborative art to the spread of digital art through social media, we’re seeing many changes in the cultural landscape take place, and for a lot of people, technology has provided them with new ways to access the art they could never access before.

As the mobile revolution takes hold of all corners of the globe, many museums have found a way to use mobile phones to draw crowds in. Gaming Realms, a company that develops mobile-optimized slots, has said that “Growth in mobile internet is one of the most powerful trends in the internet landscape” and while there were 1 billion smartphone users in 2012, this number is expected to double by the end of this year. As such, we’re seeing many institutions make use of mobile phones. Ready to take a virtual tour of some of the world’s best museums? Try out these 3 great apps:

MoMA
MoMA has always been on the cutting edge of technology, even being among the first museums to launch an exhibit featuring video games as art. They’ve also launched a mobile app, through which users can create a collection of their favorite pieces, browse events at the museum, as well as listen to tours of the museum.

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Musée du Louvre
Among the most prominent museums in the world, the Musée du Louvre has also joined the mobile revolution, recently upgrading their mobile app to allow users to view over 500 pictures of items in their collections, as well as enjoy an introductory video that takes them on a tour around the Louvre. There’s even an HD version that has informative texts by museum experts.

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Guggenheim
The Guggenheim app is best used when touring the museum, as the staff have even made headsets available for the use of museum-goers who want to access more information through their phone. The app has detailed information on the museum’s collection, as well as exhibition guides and video and audio tours with closed captioning.

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Since museums are hopping onto more mobile experience opportunities, what does this mean art exhibits everywhere? Could we be on our way to a full fledged virtual museum?

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