Cheyenne museum patrons can now enjoy free audio tours on their personal cell phones in seven Cheyenne museums. The audio tours describe individual museum exhibits, enhancing the museum experience with additional depth and information. Tours are available at the Cheyenne Depot Museum, Nelson Museum of the West, Historic Governors' Mansion, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Wyoming State Museum, and F.E. Warren Air Force Base Museum.
Visitors access the tours by calling a phone number and entering an identifying number for those exhibits for which they want more information. In this way, the tour is totally in control of the user: he obtains information only for the exhibits he is interested in. The tours themselves are free, although some users may accrue charges based upon their particular cell phone plan.
The audio tours are powered by technology provided by Guide by Cell, a leading supplier for museum audio tours. According to Dave Asheim, president of Guide by Cell, Cheyenne is the only community in the nation that has constructed such a comprehensive, citywide system of tours.
"We're very excited about our system of tours," said Darren Rudloff, President of the Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The audio tours will enrich our visitors' appreciation for area history, art, and culture, while at the same time, encouraging visitors to stay longer in the area."
The system can easily be expanded to include tours in foreign languages, tours geared for children, or new tours altogether such as Cheyenne's Art in Public Spaces program or Big Boots.
The project is jointly funded by the Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the participating museums, a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, and a sponsorship from Corral West.