I am glad to publicize a cool project that I worked on—the Please Touch Tour at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown New Jersey.
We selected objects for the Please Touch Tour that represented typical activities in each room of the house. An iron safe and key are in the office. China vases are in the elegant dining room, and a clothes iron represents servants activity in the back hallway.
Some features of the building are tactile. Intricate decorations are carved in the mantel over the fireplace in the library.
Two 3D photos were installed after my last visit to Macculloch Hall. The photos are tactile representations of artwork that are displayed in the house.
One photo shows a portrait of George Washington. It was painted by Charles Willson Peale and it hangs in the dining room.
The other 3D photo shows a famous cartoon of Santa Claus. The cartoon was drawn by Thomas Nast who lived across Macculloch Avenue.
The Please Touch Tour was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Audio and Mobile Guides
To listen to the audio guide, call 973-419-6973 and enter the codes for the stops. To hear the Please Touch Tour dial 700# and there are other codes to hear the exterior tour of the garden and the interior tour of the house. The Accessible Audio Guide was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
The Bring Your Own Device Tour was funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
I highly recommend the new accessible offerings from Macculloch Hall. I urge everyone to learn about their touch tour, and if you can, to visit it in person. The audio and mobile guides can be accessed from anywhere.