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There's an app for that ­ — Frick Pittsburgh makes seeing everything a little easier

| Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Photographs and architectural drawings create accurate building representations on a new landscape app The Frick Pittsburgh is offering visitors.
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Photographs and architectural drawings create accurate building representations on a new landscape app The Frick Pittsburgh is offering visitors.
The Frick Pittsburgh's new app gives visitors a new way to navigate and learn about the museum's grounds and gardens.
The Frick Pittsburgh's new app gives visitors a new way to navigate and learn about the museum's grounds and gardens.

Navigating the 5.5-acre grounds and gardens of the Frick Pittsburgh is about to get easier.

The Point Breeze site recently launched a new mobile landscape app, one of several measures the Frick has taken since 2015 to increase visitors' access and improve their experience.

A new pedestrian entrance has opened at Penn and Homewood avenue, a new system of walking paths was installed, and new wayfinding and identification signage has been added.

“We are thrilled to make the Frick's first-ever app available to the public,” says Robin Nicholson, executive director, in a news release. “In addition to offering opportunities to explore our storied landscape using GPS location-finding, the new app employs historical images, maps and stories, providing visitors a dramatic hands-on experience of history, time, and change.”

Museum staff worked with San Francisco-based tech company Guidekick to develop the app.

Users can locate themselves on a 3-D map of the Frick campus, tracking their movements as they explore the grounds, and access more than 50 points of interest featuring text and audio information.

A plant finder provides information on 30 species of trees and plants on the grounds.

Supported by the Colcom Foundation, the app is free to download on the iTunes and Android stores.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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