Press Release

MEDIA INVITED TO EXPERIENCE VIRTUAL, ROBOTIC TOUR OF THE MOB MUSEUM VIA “MOE-BOT”

Moe-Bot Tours Available to Public Beginning April 1

WHAT:

Media are invited to preview the new, virtual robotic tours at The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Beginning Friday, April 1, “Moe-Bot,” a BeamPro telepresence robot created by Suitable Technologies, will enable Museum guests to “visit” the Museum via their computer screen or mobile device and direct their Museum experience as personally as if they were physically there. Each Moe-Bot tour is led by a trained Museum educator who provides a one-on-one exclusive virtual visit to the Museum.

Introduced as a way to expand the Museum’s audience reach to include anyone who cannot visit the Museum in person, Moe-Bot will be used to enable visitors to participate in live, immersive, interactive, guided tours of the museum by a computer from virtually anywhere in the world. Once a user logs onto the system, his or her face appears on Moe-Bot’s screen, which is mounted on a mobile stand whose movement the user controls. In this way, the visitor gives the impression of being physically inside the Museum.

The Mob Museum is one of a small but growing number of museums worldwide to offer virtual, robotic tours. Other museums now offering such tours include the American Museum of Natural History, de Young Museum, National Museum of Australia, International Spy Museum, Computer History Museum, and Tate Britain.

HOW:

For Qualified Media:

Media may experience or observe Moe-Bot virtual tours in one of two ways:

  • They may take the virtual tour themselves from any remote location or
  • They may visit the Museum in person to see Moe-Bot in action as its remote operator navigates it through the exhibits.

Media may schedule a virtual tour or visit to the Museum based on availability by emailing Erika Pope at epope@wearevoxsolid.com. If taking a virtual tour, media must first be assigned log-in information.

For Members of the General Public:

Moe-Bot tours may be reserved here: http://themobmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/moe-bot/. They will cost $79 for the general public.

We also invite those who are physically unable to visit the Museum in person to take the Moe-Bot virtual tour free of charge.

WHEN:

April 1, 2016

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (regular Museum operating hours)

On this date, the Museum debuts its virtual Moe-Bot tours to the general public. Tours may be scheduled based on availability.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM:

The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. The Museum presents unbelievable stories about the Mob, its impact on Las Vegas history and unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in an eye-opening style via interactive exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and nearly 1,000 authentic artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and law enforcement memorabilia under one roof.