Today, we officially launch the Amuze app. It is available in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store for Android. The app offers professional audio guides for some of the best art museums in Europe and North America. As of today, tours are available for the Legion of Honor Museum, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Metropolitan Museum of Art National Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Prado Museum, Uffizi Museum, and the Vatican Museums. You can try it out for free to see if this is something that you would like to use on your next museum visit.
The app offers several advantages to the museum visitor:
The National Gallery in London is in the top 10 of most-visited museums in the world. The reason for its popularity is that it has an incredible collection of art, and it, no doubt, helps that the museum has free entrance. Amuze has now a self-guided audio tour available of the highlights of this museum. In about one and a half hour, you will be able to enjoy ten masterpieces ranging from the 14th-century Wilton Diptych to Paul Cézanne’s Bathers painted around the turn of the 20th century.
The Highlights Tour starts with a magnificent mythological painting by a relatively young Titian. Bacchus and Ariadne captures a lot of drama and emotions in a single painting. While Ariadne is left by her lover Theseus, her future lover and husband Bacchus arrives and proposes to her. The splendid colors of Titian and the exotic followers of Bacchus add to the excitement of this painting.
The Prado Museum is one of three magnificent art museums in Madrid. It is the oldest one and has art ranging from the 12th till the early 20th century on display. There are a lot of great works inside. We have made a selection of the highlights for you, and we created engaging audio content so that you can truly enjoy those works. The tour is available in the Amuze app.
Two of the absolute highlights in the Prado Museum are Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez and the works by Hieronymus Bosch, most noticeably The Garden of Earthly Delights. But before you arrive to those masterpieces, there are some wonderful works that we recommend you to see. The museum has one masterpiece by Caravaggio, which is David with the Head of Goliath. It is the third version he created on this topic and is one of the last paintings he created during his life.
The Amuze app has introduced a new tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. After the highlights tour of the Vatican Museums, it is the second tour available in Vatican City. So, now you can use our app to combine your tours for both iconic places.
The tour of St. Peter’s Basilica is full of works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, starting with the elliptical St. Peter’s Square with its magnificent four-column wide colonnades. If you find the two foci of this elliptical square, indicated by two marble disks of the floor, something magical happens. Instead of seeing four rows of columns on each side of the square, you will only see a single row of column as all columns perfectly line up.
We developed a new audio tour for the Amuze app, this time for the National Gallery of Art. As part of the Smithsonian, this museum is free, and it has an amazing collection of paintings and statues. Another great thing about this museum is that they offer a free audio guide. However, we still decided to develop our own tour for this museum as everyone’s taste for art and audio differs. Our tour offers three potential advantages over the audio tours provided by the museum.
We have added a highlights tour of the Musée d’Orsay to the Amuze app. Now, on your trip to Paris, you can combine a visit to the Louvre Museum with a visit to the Musée d’Orsay the next day!
The Musée d’Orsay has the best collection in the world in terms of French Realist, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist art. It is close to the Louvre, and both museums have a very different feel. Whereas the Louvre is big and busy, the Musée d’Orsay feels relatively small and much less chaotic. You can still easily spend a full day there without having time to see everything in detail, but the museum is clearly organized, and you don’t easily get the feeling that you are lost.
The tour starts with Realism art on Floor 0. There are fantastic artworks on display by some of the leaders of this movement, including The Gleaners by Millet and the enormous paintings of The Artist’s Studio and A Burial at Ornans by Courbet. As you make your way through the rooms on this floor, you will also come across some of the early works by Manet, like his famous Olympia. And, of course, it is impossible to miss the impressive sculpture gallery in the center, where a diverse set of sculptures is visible in natural light.
We are excited to announce that the Amuze app is now available in beta for iOS and Android. After a successful alpha test with friends, it is now time to share the app with a larger audience. Alpha testers indicated that the app works great but had some practical suggestions on how to make the app and its content more user-friendly. We have worked on implementing these changes and are confident that the app is now ready for a larger audience!
One of the available tours in the Amuze app is a Highlights Tour of the Louvre, the most-visited museum in the world. While the Louvre is an amazing museum if you know what you want to see, it is also easy to get lost in the incredible amount of art that is on display.
If you visit the museum for the first time, you probably should have a look at the most famous artwork in the world – the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. And how about some of the paintings of the French Romantic painters, and the ancient Greek statues, and some masterpieces by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Vermeer? And then you can see Egyptian art, a large collection of French sculptures, Spanish paintings from the Baroque period, etc. By now, you must already spend a full day at the Louvre, and then you are still missing many unique pieces of art.
We are currently in the late development stages the Amuze app. The app is in good shape, and we will now engage in extensive testing to make sure that the user truly has an enjoyable experience when using it.
Audio tours have been developed for five different museums around the world.
We started with these museums because we are very familiar with them, and they display some of the greatest art in the world. It will also allow us to test the app with users from around the world and with a diverse set of interests in art.
Eelco is on a mission to make you enjoy your museum visits more. He loves to share good stories about art.