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Stop by our Guest Services Desk to learn more about our self-guided tours of the museum's permanent collection!

What Is a Masterpiece?

What Is a Masterpiece?The Dayton Art Institute recently introduced What Is a Masterpiece?, an interactive tour of the permanent collection that uses QR codes and mobile technology to provide guests with in-depth information about select works in the collection.

What Is a Masterpiece? will initially highlight 50 works of art from the museum’s permanent collection, with plans to add additional pieces each year. The works feature a special What Is a Masterpiece? gallery label with a QR (Quick Response) code on it. Visitors are able to access enhanced information about the featured works by scanning the QR codes, using museum-supplied iPads. Visitors may also use their own smartphones or other Wi-Fi enabled tablets and mobile devices to scan the QR codes. The QR codes link to a mobile website that was developed specifically for this project. Each featured Masterpiece has a unique landing page that offers a variety of options, such as detailed historical information, audio commentaries and video content.

Museum-supplied iPads may be checked out at the Guest Services desk for $3 for four hours, or guests may access What Is a Masterpiece? through their own Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices.

Creation of What Is a Masterpiece? was originally funded by a federal Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As part of that funding, Wi-Fi was installed throughout the museum galleries, as well as in Leo Bistro and The Museum Store. Since the launch of the program in 2013, funding for ongoing development and expansion of What Is a Masterpiece? has been privately funded by a generous gift from Beavercreek residents Steve and Kate Hone. Their gift will aid in the addition of 50 new works to the program over the next five years. It will also help fund The Hone Research Fellowship for Museum Interpretation to create new content, as well as the purchase of equipment necessary to produce new interactive components for the program. The first 10 additions funded by the Hones’ gift will be introduced in early 2014.

Because What Is a Masterpiece? is web based, it may also be accessed through a standard web browser on any desktop or laptop computer.

Click here to access What Is a Masterpiece?

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