An advanced video guide system called “iTour” was implemented at National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) which puts this precinct in the forefront of state-of-the-art technology use in Mexico.

This tool will allow public to watch more closely, through video and graphics, the 17,000 pieces that form part of the MNA heap, with their explanation, and will be able to listen to an interview with architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, designer of the building.  

Using video guides, visitors get 30 per cent more information and have the possibility of knowing non-exhibited objects. The system includes more than 280 videos in 3 languages, Spanish, English and French, as well as panoramic views of main archaeological sites in Mexico.

During the presentation of the multimedia application, Alfonso de Maria y Campos, National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) general director, commented that the challenge for a museum such as MNA is to be updated with state-of-the-art technology.  

“The museum receives a lot of foreign visit that does not know Spanish, and this technology allows them to receive information in their own language. For Spanish speakers, information of registration cards is expanded”.

The INAH general director mentioned that 90 million MXP have been invested during the last 3 years to renovate this museum and implement new technologies. With the board’s support, an important investment was made to put into operation educative systems hall, movie theater and services area, as well as other labors like gardening.

De Maria y Campos remarked importance of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) being at the forefront of technology, represented by projects like the agreement established with Google Mexico to upload archaeological sites information and virtual visits to INAH museums to the Internet.

Diana Magaloni, director of MNA mentioned that the museum is proud of counting on with this technology. “Visual guides have great quality and they put us in the forefront among best museums in the world”.

Equipment will be available at the entrance of the museum; “They are simple and light, designed for personal use. Persons can walk around different halls with the devise at a 75 MXP cost, no matter how many areas are visited or the number of hours they stay at the museum”.

Other INAH museums where these devices will be available soon are Templo Mayor, National Viceroyalty Museum and Oaxaca Cultures.