June 1, 2006
Jun 01

Press Release: Clinton Center to Feature Audio Tour Led by President Clinton

Little Rock, Arkansas
Press Release

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center will feature a first-of-its kind audio tour, led by William J. Clinton, which includes the President adding his perspective to many of the exhibits featured throughout his library. President Clinton is the first president to provide a walking audio tour for a presidential library.

"This audio tour will give visitors an additional perspective of my life and presidency, and I hope it will enhance their overall experience at my library," said former President Bill Clinton.

During the hour-long audio tour, President Clinton leads visitors through featured areas of the Clinton Center and discusses some of the many influences in his life, from his early childhood years to his friendships with Yitzhak Rabin, Nelson Mandela and other world leaders.

"The audio tour complements our visitors' experience to the Clinton Center. This tour, combined with assistance from our trained volunteer docents, will provide a
one-of-a-kind experience," said George Campbell, a volunteer at the Clinton Center.

Eleanor Roosevelt narrated the first audio tour for a presidential site - the FDR Home in Hyde Park, New York.

The National Archives is excited about offering this unique perspective to the Clinton Center. “We are very pleased that our museum visitors will experience the unique educational opportunity of listening to President Clinton’s personal comments via the new Acoustiguide system. This electronic component will enhance the visitor’s tour of our exhibits gallery by providing them with the President’s own personal, conversational commentary,” said David Alsobrook, Director of the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

The audio tour was produced by Acoustiguide, which is the world leader in audio tours. Acoustiguide provides audio programs for museums, heritage and historic sites, tourism attractions, zoos, aquaria and corporate clients in 22 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.acoustiguide.com.

The Clinton Center will offer the audio tour to visitors beginning Saturday, June 3. The audio tour will be available during regular museum hours (Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.) for $3.00, in addition to the regular admission fee. All proceeds from the rental fee will pay for production of the audio tour. Clinton Center volunteers will assist visitors with the audio tour.

The Clinton Center is located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Downtown Little Rock and features 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. Since opening in November 2004, several hundred thousand people from all over the world have visited the Clinton Center. In addition to the permanent exhibit, the Center features temporary exhibits. Currently, the Clinton Center is showcasing “Happy Trails: Cowboy Heroes of the Silver Screen.” This exhibit takes a look at the stars of the Western films that were influential on the young Bill Clinton.

After visiting the Clinton Center and taking the audio tour, visitors can ride the free shuttle to the Clinton Museum Store, where they will receive a 20% discount on all items by showing their audio tour receipt. This offer is only valid Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.

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