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Mob Museum offering virtual tours via robots

Posted at 8:27 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 23:27:44-04
Beginning today, the Mob Museum is offering virtual tours via "Moe-Bot," a robot with a computer screen attached to its head that allows users to control their museum experience as if they were physically there.
Moe-Bot was introduced as a way to expand the museum's audience reach to include anyone who cannot visit the museum in person. When a user logs into the system on a computer or cell phone, their face appears on Moe-Bot's screen, which is mounted on a mobile stand whose movement the user controls.
Virtual tours are led by a trained museum educator, providing an exclusive and personal experience from anywhere in the world.
The Mob Museum is one of a small but growing number of museums worldwide to offer virtual robotic tours. Other museums include the American Museum of Natural History, de Young Museum, National Museum of Australia, International Spy Museum, Computer History Museum, and Tate Britain.
Tours cost $79 for the general public, and can be reserved here. Those who are physically unable to visit the museum in person may take the Moe-Bot tour free of charge.