Museums throughout the city are creating mobile apps to enhance visitors’ experiences both inside and outside the museum. The American Museum of Natural History, which received a grant from Bloomberg LP to outfit the entire museum with Wi-Fi, has already created three apps. Their biggest one is the Explorer, which helps visitors navigate the museum using an internal GPS-like system. The Guggenheim Museum has created a digital app, that does not require Wi-Fi, based on one specific part, the Maurizio Cattelan exhibit.
According to Crains New York, the biggest difficulty museums are facing is that without Wi-Fi, the data in apps is too large for many smartphones. It is difficult and expensive to cover an entire museum with Wi-Fi. However, app developers are still hard at work creating new apps that are both informative and interactive.