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Robotic Museum Guides

The De Young Museum is Making Their Tours Accessible to All

— March 2, 2015 — Tech
The De Young Museum in San Francisco has developed a unique program that will enable robot guided tours of the museum for individuals who are unable to physically visit. The De Young Museum's new robot guided tours will make their collections accessible to those who are paralyzed, bedridden or otherwise unable to visit, even allowing them to interact with other museum-goers.

This innovative inclusive program goes a long way to extend the art museum experience to those who cannot access it, and could eventually expand to include offering tours to those too far away or unable to afford a visit.

While other museums have developed innovative programs to expand accessibility, such as special tours for the hearing or vision impaired, the De Young Museum's robotic tour guides are an important step forward in terms of how organizations think about inclusiveness.
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