Doll museum needs MP3 players to use as audio guides
SPENCER — In the museum world, where the popularity of audio tours has grown during the past decade, the use of commercial MP3 players seems to be catching on. And the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum wants to jump on the mobile wagon.
The museum needs help to create a program that will be offered for free to museum visitors. The MP3 players will be refurbished and set up to guide patrons through the museum.
As the only doll and toy museum in North Carolina, visitors will gain a glimpse of the past, present and even potential future, seen through items of play. The MP3 program will help visitors get involved in the experience.
Lindsey Dunlap, the museum’s administrator, said she would like to have at least 15 MP3 players on hand and ready to loan out by the end of the year. The audio tour will offer commentary on some of the museum’s most remarkable objects, Dunlap said.
She plans to include in the audio guides excerpts from interviews with the museum’s curator, featured artists, outside experts and members of the local community.
All of the tours will be random access, meaning visitors can listen to as many of the one- to two-minute tour stops as they wish, in the order of their choice.
Officials at the museum have discussed putting the new audio guide material on the Internet for downloading to portable players, depending on the popularity and the success of the mobile program.
All MP3 donors will receive a letter acknowledging the donation to the museum, a non-profit 501c-3 organization.
Drop any unwanted MP3 players off at the Spencer Doll And Toy Museum, 108 Fourth St. in Spencer next to the U.S. Post Office. For more information, call 704-762-9359 or email info@SpencerDollAndToyMuseum.com .