Skype-A-Docent Program

At the 2014 New England Museums Association annual conference, the Fairfield Public Library in Connecticut presented about its Skype-a-Docent program, where the library arranges for a video-tour of museums, historic sites, and other places of interest for visitors with mobility issues. After learning about the program, the Abbe couldn't wait to get started!

Museum Educator George Neptune, equipped with his personal iPad, has now given three tours to close to 50 individuals through the Skype-a-Docent partnership, expanding the Museum's outreach to the southernmost parts of New England. Through visitor feedback, we have learned that our Skype tours are fun, interesting, and provide crystal clear images of our exhibits. We plan to not only continue our partnership with the Fairfield Public Library, but expand our Skype tours to make them available to school groups and other institutions.