Visitors to Oxford can have the University’s museums at their fingertips thanks to a new, free app that will help them explore four of the city’s top attractions.
The Explore Oxford University Museums app features basic visitor information – including opening times and floor plans – as well as event listings and selected highlights from each museum’s collections. Each featured object comes with a detailed description, high-resolution photograph, floor plan location and web links. The lists will be updated regularly to feature more key objects from the collections.
Initial feedback has said that this ‘gorgeous and smooth app’ provides a ‘guide to the interesting (and often hidden) top 10 gems in these hugely individual museums.’
The app is part of the museums’ Explore campaign, which challenges residents and visitors to discover all four of the University’s public museums – the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Museum of the History of Science, the Museum of Natural History, and the Pitt Rivers Museum of Anthropology and World Archaeology.
All four museums hold internationally significant collections representing the natural world and the history, technology, art and culture of societies from across the world. Open to the public free of charge, together they welcome around two million visitors each year.
For more information or to download the app, visit http://www.museums.ox.ac.uk/explore-museums-app
The app was funded by Arts Council England, which supports the Oxford University Museums in partnership with the Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service as one of 16 regional Major Partner Museums.
The app was built by InfoDev, Oxford University IT Service's Academic devlopment team.