The Louvre’s New Tour Guide Is A 3DS

The Louvre’s New Tour Guide Is A 3DS

Starting in March the Louvre, one of the largest, most visited art museums in the world, plans to replace their audio guides with 5,000 Nintendo 3DS programmed by the game maker to give full tours in seven languages, the AFP reports.

The switch will gradually replace the traditional guides used by about four per cent of the museum’s 8.5 million visitors.

The 3DS guides will give allow visitors to locate themselves within the Louvre Palace, a 12th century fortress converted and expanded to become the famous museum. The device will also include pre-loaded visiting itineraries designed to guide children, and others through special tours and listen to hundreds of recorded commentaries in seven languages.

Agnes Alfandari, museum’s head of multimedia, told the AFP that while the content was all created by Nintendo, the museum had final, editorial control.

The decision to switch to portable game consoles as guides is driven by museum officials who believe the device will appeal to a wider audience, one used to touch screens.

The museum is also updating their smartphone and iPad applications.

Louvre and Nintendo aim to make art child’s play [PhysOrg]


  • Well, that’s one way to get gaming into the Louvre.

    Even with some of the fuctions of the 3DS disabled I’m guessing that it would have a 3.8 hour battery life? Would that be long enough to tour the Louvre?

  • I can’t really see why they’d use a 3DS over an ipod touch tbh, why not make it the same as the app you can download for your own device anyway. Oh well, nice little boost to those 3DS sales 😛

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