ArtLens 2.0 is available for free download to iPads or iPhones running iOS9 or higher, or an Android device (4.4+), from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Once ArtLens is downloaded, simply launch the app. If ArtLens was downloaded prior to May 25, 2016, users must update the app.
ArtLens 2.0., an enhanced version of its award-winning collection application. A collaborative creation, ArtLens 2.0 combines the most current technology and innovative design with a wealth of interpretive content provided by the museum’s curatorial and interpretation teams. ArtLens 2.0 includes a high-definition image and object information about every artwork on display in the museum, and is updated in real time, ensuring that users have access to the most accurate information available. Moreover, ArtLens 2.0 enhances a visitor’s museum experience by providing the option to design individual tours, offering tools to better understand artwork through augmented reality and guiding users with interactive real-time maps.
Listening to user feedback, the CMA ensured ArtLens 2.0 has enhanced its usability. ArtLens 2.0 is faster and more user friendly. For example, the app download time has been reduced to 30 seconds. Improved optimizations have reduced the size of the app making ArtLens 2.0 comparable in size to popular social media apps like Snapchat. The redesigned interface is clean and intuitive and the wayfinding is responsive and comprehensive. ArtLens 2.0 now uses Bluetooth to connect to the museum’s Gallery One Collection Wall, making synchronization seamless. Improvements to the maps and new descriptions of each gallery make finding the information or artwork easier for visitors. Also, the app may be used on-site or from anywhere in the world.
ArtLens 2.0 features include:
Galleries: The most significant changes to the app are in the “Galleries” feature with updates to the maps, content, wayfinding and nearby objects.
- Maps: Galleries are color-coded and grouped thematically to facilitate easier navigation. Tap any gallery number to see what type of art is on display in that location or find gallery descriptions by tapping the gallery name.
- Wayfinding: Create a path to explore artworks. Push the Find Me button at any time to find the exact location in the museum.
- Content: All artworks on display are identified and findable in ArtLens 2.0 with additional content available for selected artworks. New content is generated on an ongoing basis.
- Nearby Artworks: Nearby artworks that might be of interest are suggested based on the artwork selected.
Scanning: Using innovative image-recognition software, ArtLens 2.0 seamlessly recognizes a selection of two-dimensional artworks and provides additional curatorial and interpretive content.
You: Favorite artworks by tapping the heart icon on the Collection Wall in Gallery One or on individual artworks in the app. All favorites are saved under “You.” Favorites can be used to create personalized tours, find specific artworks in the museum or share on social media.
Please note: In order to make ArtLens 2.0 run faster and take up less space on your device, previously favorited works cannot be transferred over when you update from the previous version. However, the new search function and improved gallery maps can be used to find old favorites and explore for new ones.
Tours: Select from both museum-curated and visitor-created tours. The mapping feature locates specific artworks and navigates the entire tour. Choose to create a personalized tour that may be added to “visitor-created tours” and shared with the world.
Search: Search by artist’s name or by keyword to discover corresponding works on view in the museum. Find the exact location of an artwork identified on a map with a quick tap.
Bluetooth: ArtLens now uses Bluetooth to connect to the Collection Wall making synchronization seamless.
Top Ten: Explore the museum’s dynamic list of visitor favorites, as well as curators’ top picks of must-see artworks.
Museum: Get a daily snapshot of exhibitions and events occurring at the museum as well as the location of restrooms, restaurants and exits.
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Don't have a device?
The museum has iPads and iPod Touches available for rental at the desk located inside Gallery One, near the Collection Wall. The rental fee is $5 per iPad. We will hold your valid driver's license or student ID until return.
An iPad, iPhone, or Android device is not required to experience many aspects of Gallery One.
The CMA collaborated with Local Projects on ArtLens 2.0. Developers of the museum’s world-renowned Gallery One, Local Projects is the firm that takes the app to the next and highest possible level of technical fidelity, ensuring a rapid initial download, optimizing the interactive, real-time wayfinding maps and streamlining the design.
ArtLens 2.0 is supported by Swagelok.
ArtLens has received several awards including Gold from the 2015 Edison Awards for Content Delivery, Winner of the 2014 Museums and the Web Award for best Mobile App and Bronze from the 2014 Media Technology Muse Award for Mobile Applications.
Reproduction, including downloading, of works by Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Carlo Bugatti, Salvador Dalí, Andre Derain, Otto Dix, Lee Krasner, Rene Lalique, Suzanne Lalique, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Loupot, René Magritte, Reginald Marsh, Henri Matisse, Barnett Newman, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Marc Rothko, Kay Sage, Yves Tanguy, Édouard Vuillard, Andy Warhol, and Wilfred Zogbaum, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
The Cleveland Museum of Art’s free award-winning ArtLens app is made possible through the generous support of the Swagelok Company, a global leader in fluid systems manufacturing and technology headquartered in Solon, OH.