MoMA Goes Mobile–and Wireless

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The Museum of Modern Art announced Monday that it has installed a museum-wide Wi-Fi network so that visitors can access a mobile Web site on handheld devices with HTML browsers, CNET News reports. The mobile site lets visitors download and listen to audio podcast tours and commentary, in eight languages—plus versions for the visually impaired, children, and teenagers.

The article notes that this is especially desirable for iPhone and iPod Touch users due to their built-in WiFi, large browser screens, and integrated iPod functionality. But we see no reason why other WiFi enabled devices couldn’t also take advantage of the new site.

Additionally, the article said, MoMA has put its library of audio and video programming into podcast format for Apple’s iTunes Store’s iTunes U education section: “current and past audio programs, content from panels and lectures, and video clips from exhibit installations and artist interviews.” There are also new interactive kiosks sprinkled around the museum floor with artist bios and event listings.

(Image credit: MoMA/Olafur Eliasson)