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March 6th, 2006
Philadelphia's Newest 'Hotspot': Museum Goes Wireless

One of Philadelphia’s landmark institutions has stepped to the forefront of the march toward a wireless future. Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art can now access the Internet through their laptops, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), and other Wi-Fi enabled devices to view the Museum’s web site, read e-mail, instant message, or search the web—all via high speed, wireless Internet service. Several designated ‘hotspots’ within the Museum’s public spaces will offer wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) including the Great Stair Hall and Great Stair Hall Balcony, Lenfest Hall (West Entrance Lobby) and West Balcony Café. Wi-Fi is being offered to all visitors free of charge.

“We are thrilled to introduce this exciting new way for visitors to experience the Museum,” said Gail Harrity, Chief Operating Officer. “The marriage of arts and culture with technology presents amazing new opportunities and opens the doors to an even more rewarding experience for our visitors when they come to the Museum.”

The Museum is among the first cultural institutions in Philadelphia to offer free, high speed, wireless Internet access to visitors, a move that, along with the newly redesigned website, highlights an ongoing commitment to expanding access to the collections and providing a first-rate visitor experience.

Concurrent with the introduction of Wi-Fi, a newly redesigned Museum web site has also been launched (www.philamuseum.org), providing virtual visitors new features and functionality previously unavailable to the Museum’s web users, including video streaming, an interactive map, ability to search the collections, and an informative calendar detailing the Museum’s wide range of programs and events listed by day, month, and category.

Viewed by over three million individuals last year, the Museum’s web site provides up-to-the-minute information on exhibitions, collections, new acquisitions, educational programs, special events, membership, and shopping and dining options. The new site also offers visitors an opportunity to locate a work of art currently on view in one of its 200 galleries.

The Museum’s Internet access is provided by US LEC of Pennsylvania Inc. For more information and instructions on how to use the new Wi-Fi service, visit the Museum’s web site at www.philamuseum.org.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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