The Wren’s Nest is excited to announce the launch of its first guided virtual tour, now available here!
In the wake of COVID-19, The Wren’s Nest has been closed to visitors since mid-March. Like so many businesses and museums, we have shut our doors until we know it safe for visitors to return. It’s been a shame to have this house, which has been a museum for more than 100 years and is a physical link to the historic West End neighborhood’s past, sit empty for months. But the great challenge of a physical link to the past like a historic house is that it’s just that: physical. It’s not something you can easily send or share with others.
Thank goodness for technology. Because now you can take a guided tour of this Atlanta fixture from the comfort of your own home. That’s right: This is a tour you can take without ever putting your shoes on. Or your pants. It is #quarantinelife after all and we’re not here to judge.
This general information tour provides an overview of some of the museum’s highlights. Using Google map technology, you can move throughout the house and discover facts about the rooms and/or the objects in them. Discover how we got our name in the East Parlor; move to the Girls’ Bedroom and learn why there’s a mirror on the floor; or stop in at Joel Chandler Harris’s Bedroom and see a room basically untouched by time.
In a strange twist of fate, we have actually been working on this tour for several months, before the pandemic ever struck. We were fortunate enough to receive a grant from Georgia Humanities funding the project and have been working with the talented Google Trusted Independent Photographer DJ Jennings from Atlanta Street View Inside to make the idea a reality. It just so happens that now more than ever, a virtual guided tour of the house is the only way to take a guided tour of the house.
We hope that will change soon. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this virtual tour. And we hope to bring you more of them highlighting different subject areas in the future. We look forward to the day when we can welcome visitors back in person to actually walk through the museum. Especially since we were busy renovating the house before COVID-19, so there will be a few changes the next time you visit.
And we will insist that you wear pants and shoes then.