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Stop by our Guest Services Desk to learn more about self-guided tours of the museum's permanent collection!
What Is a Masterpiece?
The Dayton Art Institute recently launched introduced What Is a Masterpiece?, a new 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? highlights 50 works of art from the museum’s permanent collection, with plans to add additional pieces. Each of the works features a special What Is a Masterpiece? 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.
Because What Is a Masterpiece? is web based, it may also be accessed through a standard web browser on any desktop or laptop computer.
The What Is a Masterpiece? project was funded by a federal Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As part of the project, Wi-Fi has been installed throughout the museum
galleries, as well as in the new Leo Bistro restaurant and Museum Store.
Guide by Cell Audio Tours
Guide by Cell audio tours are also available for select works in our permanent collection and special exhibitions. Bring your charged cell phone to the museum to access additional information and commentary about the art and artists. Look for the Guide by Cell icon (pictured here) and dial the number indicated to access the audio commentary for that work.