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A Mobile Guide designed for all of your visitors.

A free self-service publishing platform for your institution's official mobile guide that comes stocked with customization, accessibility and language translation features.
We believe that art and culture should be accessible and inclusive to all, tech should be a bridge and not a barrier. Gesso creates visitor-centered mobile guides that museums of all sizes can afford and leverage.

Digital Engagement that inspires.

We’ve consulted 100s of museums and their visitors to create an intuitive audio guide platform that inspires visitors near and far.

Set up in minutes, not months

Launch a branded mobile audio guide experience on iOS, Android and mobile web, in minutes, not months. We'll maintain the tech platform so you don't have to.

Accessibility

Gesso comes loaded with accessibility features you need, including transcripts, dynamic text size, alt text, ASL Video embed, screen-reader compatibility, and automated audio and text translations in 18 languages (can be overwritten with native translations).
 

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DIY, or Full Service

If your team doesn’t want to handle production yourself, our team is available for hire to produce podcasts, audio tours and exhibition videos. If you wish to make your own content, our museum partners have shared some tips and how-to's.

Engage your audience, wherever they are

Mobile guides aren't just for offering a more meaningful visitor experience onsite, they can serve as a primer or virtual tour prior to visits. We believe a museum is more than its collection, and can present relevant audio walks that contextualize stories beyond museum walls.

It was easy to use and made the experience more meaningful. It also made me want to stay in the galleries longer because I really understood and connected with the artist's intention.” 

Visitor comments

Use our tech for free.

We started Gesso at a time when audio guides were still on clunky, communal devices, and the alternative required custom mobile development, which was expensive! We've built a flexible platform to make digital engagement as affordable and easy as possible.

We produce content your visitors love.

We specialize in telling stories that celebrate place and human creativity. Hire us to produce audio, video and translations.

Our clients report a 75% audio guide uptake with a 90% completion rate, compared to an industry of 5~10% uptake.

We work with Leading Cultural Institutions.

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“Gesso's UX is simple and seamless. You want to be an audio guide? Check. A podcast? Check. Short clips, longer chats paired with visuals? Check. It allows each museum the flexibility to build their online exhibition based on their resources.”

Karen Wong, Deputy Director, New Museum

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