MWPAI offers mobile guides for virtual tours, scavenger hunts

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UTICA — Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is offering a new way to view and engage with art.

Mobile guides, accessible via smartphones or tablets, provide visitors with a variety of tours and scavenger hunts. Access can also be gained remotely through the museum’s website, mwpai.org/mobile-guides.

Museum Education Director April Oswald emphasized that the new guides are a way for people to enjoy a guided tour on their own, at their own pace, and from anywhere.

“These guides enhance the museum visit, both in person and remotely,” she said.

Tours offer insights from curators and artists, and scavenger hunts reveal creative challenges and new places to explore. “All the guides offer new things to find and new ways to see the art and the museum,” Oswald said.

Support for this program is provided by ArtBridges.

There are currently four guides available.

• Patron, Artist, Muse: Women of MWP: Tour the Munson-Williams permanent collection and discover how women have been essential to the Museum.

• Let’s Talk About Art: Discover art in new ways through this interactive conversation-based tour made possible with funding from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., Mele Family Fund.

• Hidden Treasures: Take a scavenger hunt throughout Utica from the 19th century days of the Munson, Williams, and Proctor families. Complete different challenges along the way. Produced in partnership with the Central New York Conservancy.

• Surviving Pandem-Onium: Explore the museum’s permanent collection and current exhibitions, exploring pandemics, epidemics, and diseases throughout history. The strange associations surrounding works of art you thought you knew will astound you.

The Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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