Then and Now: Celebrating 60 years of the National Gallery of Art West Building
Exterior Views: A Grand Presence
Interior Views: Changing Perspectives
Visiting the Gallery: Systems and Services
Guided
Tours
Individual
Audio Tours
Auditorium Music Eating
Facilities


The LecTour audioguide system
Using the LecTour system, visitors listen to commentary about Right and Left by Winslow Homer, 1962

Modern Acoustiguide audio guides
Using hand-held digital audio players, visitors listen to commentary about Right and Left by Winslow Homer, 2001


Individual Audio Tours
In 1958 the National Gallery of Art became the first art museum in the United States to offer individual audio tours to the public when it implemented the innovative LecTour system after years of trials. For 25 cents, visitors could borrow a small radio receiver and an earphone mounted in a small disposable cardboard box. Continuous radio signals were picked up by antennas in the gallery floorboards. Now, thanks to new technologies, visitors can use hand-held digital audio players to create their own customized tours through the museum's exhibition rooms.


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