What is a Masterpiece? Self-Guided Tour
The Dayton Art Institute’s What is a Masterpiece? is an interactive tour of the collection galleries 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 100 works of art from the museum’s collection. These 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 smartphones or other WiFi enabled tablets and mobile devices to scan the QR codes. The QR codes link to a mobile-friendly web page that offers a variety of options, such as detailed historical information, audio commentaries and video content.
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, WiFi was installed throughout the museum. 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 aided in the ongoing expansion of this project, funded the Hone Research Fellowship for Museum Interpretation to create new content, and assisted in the purchase of equipment to produce new interactive components for the program. In addition, their support has helped make the new eMuseum collection database possible.
Because What is a Masterpiece? is web based, it may also be accessed through a standard web browser on any desktop or laptop computer.