Museum Begins Production of Audio Tours

Written by: John Suau
Publication Date: December 3, 2012

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is currently in the pre-production stages of an exciting enhancement to the visitor experience. In the coming months, the Museum will produce and deliver audio tours for eight of the more than 30 exhibits currently on display in the Great Hall of Shells. The Museum is pleased to announce that Fort Myers local NBC affiliate co-anchor, Clay Miller, has agreed to provide the voice talent for the tours, which will be made available using 21st-century technology.

Working with Watertown Productions, an internationally renowned motion picture and video production company based in Washington, D.C., the Museum will make the audio tours available at no charge to visitors who have smart phones or other interactive devices. For visitors without the required hardware, the Museum will provide small iPods with pre-loaded audio tours for a small fee. The Museum is able to fund the production and delivery of the audio tours with proceeds from the 2012 edition of its “Oyster Eating Contest,” which Mr. Miller has emceed for the past 3 years, and with additional funding from the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau’s Tourist Development Council grant program, earmarked for arts and attractions visitor enhancements.

With the growing use of smart devices, the Museum and the visitors will benefit with a more consistent educational experience while allowing the Museum’s corps of volunteers who serve as docents to answer questions about other exhibits. The Museum intends to increase the number of exhibits included on the audio tour in the future and hopes to fund the development of the same tours in multiple languages, providing the increasing international visitors to learn about shells and mollusks in their native languages.


Pictured above: Clay Miller, NBC-2 co-anchor


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