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New app helps find museums in Minnesota

Just in time for the busy summer travel season and Minnesota Museums Month in May, the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society are launching a free Minnesota Museums app that will direct users to the more than 500 museums statewide.

"We are so fortunate in Minnesota to have such a wide variety of museums across the whole state," said Lin Nelson-Mayson, chair of the Minnesota Association of Museums and director of Goldstein Museum of Design. "This new app makes it easier than ever to find those resources."

The app, available May 1 for iOS and Android, allows users to browse Minnesota museums by name, category or location. Users can create an itinerary, check off museums they've visited and upload favorite museum photos. The app will also suggest museums based on geographic location. For more information and to download the app, visit www.minnesotamuseums.org/app.

"The Minnesota Museums app is also a great discovery tool for museum-goers. If you're visiting one museum, the app will suggest others in the area--museums you may never have heard of," said Jada Hansen, Minnesota Association of Museums Development co-chair and executive director of the Hennepin History Museum.

The Minnesota Museums app was developed through a partnership between the Minnesota Association of Museums and the Minnesota Historical Society.

The Minnesota Museums app is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

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