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The Woodson Art Museum in Wausau gets its own app


The Woodson Art Museum is getting tech savvy, with a new app. Enhanced audio tour app, will help visitors interact with the paintings they see in the exhibits. Around 40 students from Wausau put this app to the test Tuesday. It was an exciting time for them, especially since one of their classmates helped create it.

"It's really cool."

"I thought it was really good and organized."

Comments like that were all you could hear as dozens of students from Wausau's Engineering and Global Leadership Academy got a first hand look at the new enhanced audio tour app, created specifically for the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau.

The museum has now replaced its mp3 players, with 14 new iPod touches, so visitors can put the app to use.

"What they had before was very linear and you basically had to follow a set that you had to go on, it told you where to go and what to do and now you can basically learn at your own pace," said Alan Raff.

Alan Raff, a junior at the Academy, worked with the museum to develop this app.

"I created an iPhone app that lets the users interact with the artwork and view exhibits in a more fun and interactive way," said Raff.

Raff tells us the process took a lot of hard work.

"At first I was kind of skeptical about it and I was kind of wondering because it kept crashing but I finally figured out what I was doing wrong but after I fixed it I was really happy really excited and looking forward to putting it in action," he said.

"Hundreds of hours, it is a very involved project," said Catie Anderson, the Woodson Art Museum Curator.

Museum officials say the new app is user friendly, and a great way to bring in the younger crowd.

"We are trying to invite a new audience, iPhone users, touch device users and honestly younger audiences," said Anderson.

A grant from the Dudley Foundation helped make this project possible. If you'd like to check it out the app is only available on the iPod's at the museum. There are a total of 14 iPod touches, but officials say they're hoping to get a few more.

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