Morikami Museum Launches TourOn, New Guided Tour Application for Smartphones

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The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens will launch TourOn, a web-based guided tour application for smartphones, during its Sushi and Stroll event on Friday, July 13. David Taylor, founder of Taylor Software Development and TourOn, designed this multimedia guided tour app for parks, museums and other various venues to create a fun experience for guests. Taylor chose the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens as his beta client. “It was important for me to choose a venue that had a story to tell. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is rich with history and culture. TourOn effortlessly enhances the visitor’s experience by sharing its story on a device that’s readily available.” With 27 designated stops, TourOn will guide visitors through the museum and gardens. The first 25 locations correspond directly to the 25 garden stops featured in the museum’s Visitors’ Guide, and the last two being the Seishin-an Tea House and the galleries, where there will be information on the current exhibit.  Each stop contains images, with many including audio from the museum’s original audio tour. In addition, there’s a GPS-enabled map that shows the location of all the visitor’s stops and tracks their location in the gardens.  Other features include an event calendar, a comments section for visitor feedback, and a Facebook “like” button connected to each stop. “We are always looking for ways to stay on top of emerging technology,” said Morikami’s Director of Marketing and Events Kizzy Sanchez Sherven. “This is just one more way we can digitally connect with our guests and provide them with an enhanced Morikami experience.” TourOn can be accessed on your mobile phone at  www.morikami.org/tour.   Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series Date: Friday, July 19 Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children (4-17), Free for museum members and kids 3 and under Taiko Performance: $2 (optional)   Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening.  Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.