“New Orleans is approaching its 200th anniversary. Showcased by narrators in the app’s videos, individual objects exemplify a broader context of this history,” says Steve Sweet, Manager of Internet and Interactive Development at The Historic New Orleans Collection. “A visitor in the gallery viewing these objects wouldn’t necessarily comprehend these connections without taking the tour.”
Along with the narrative, the videos, which were produced in-house, also include additional objects from the collection that are not on view, further illustrating Louisiana’s story. The interpretation is similar to that of traditional docent led tours, but offers visitors the flexibility to explore the museum at their own pace with their personal devices. iPad Minis and disposable earbuds will also be provided to visitors who don’t have their own devices to take the tour.
The non-profit worked closely with New York based OnCell-TourSphere, a mobile technology company that specializes in mobile tour solutions for museums, to create the app.
The mobile web app can be accessed on any web-enabled device at: thnoc.toursphere.com
About The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. The institution was founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams—collectors of Louisiana materials who wished to share their holdings with the public. In its near-fifty-year history, THNOC has augmented its physical structure to include several historic buildings at two French Quarter campuses: 533 Royal Street and 410 Chartres Street. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor.
OnCell-TourSphere provides a full range of mobile tour solutions for museums and cultural destinations. With a variety of interactive services such as a DIY app builder, smartphone apps, mobile web apps, audio tours, GeoAlerts, and scavenger hunts, OnCell-TourSphere helps organizations become mobile-friendly. As mobile communication experts who are passionate about the arts and education, the OnCell-TourSphere team has worked on over 1,200 projects both in the U.S. and internationally since its inception in 2006.