Saturday, October 8, 2011

12 Museum Apps from around the World

The Vatican Museums: $6.99 AU
The  Vatican Museums begin just beyond a massive bronze door that, like magic, takes you out of Italy and into the smallest country in the world: the Vatican. This is the start of a mysterious and fascinating trip: a voyage across more than 20 centuries of creativity through which art and history intertwine. The most sought-after stop on the Vatican Museum trail is without doubt the Sistine Chapel however every room is rich in history and precious examples of life from every era.

Guggenheim Bilbao: $3.99 AU
Discover the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection in just one App. Learn about the history of the Museum and its architecture, the features of its iconic building and the architect, and browse the interactive floor plans. More than 300 images, videos, audio files, and a huge amount of information on the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection. Choose from the various pre-designed routes or plan your own visit according to your needs

Australia’s oldest and most distinguished public art museum is based in Melbourne. The NGV app provides information about what’s on at the NGV, from our ever-changing schedule of exhibitions, to a range of NGV Programs designed to entertain, engage and encourage understanding of the NGV Collection and exhibitions. Use the NGV app to plan a visit, learn more about our exhibitions, or browse NGV Collection highlights for a taste of what’s on offer.

Love Art: National Gallery: $2.99 AU
The National Gallery in London houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world. Explore the brushstrokes and hear the stories behind masterpieces by Leonardo, Renoir, Botticelli, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, along with lesser known paintings and hidden gems. Listen to commentary and insight from famous artists, writers and experts who will take you on an unforgettable journey into art.


The Museum of Modern Art in New York is home to the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art. Use the MoMA App to find out about current exhibitions, plan a visit, browse or search tens of thousands of works in the collection, take multimedia tours, or learn about artists and art terms. Take a photo through MoMA Snaps and send it to a friend.

Louvre: FREE
No wonder over 8 million people visit the Louvre every year: the world's largest museum houses a fabulous collection of more than 35,000 works of art… in a historic palace! This update has twice as many artworks for your enjoyment, with a selection of masterpieces from the museum: ancient stelae, statues, papyri, everyday objects, furniture, western sculptures, European drawings and paintings by Giotto, Corot, Dürer, Caravaggio, Rubens, Watteau, and Goya…

Uffizi: $1.99
The Uffizi is the oldest museum in modern Europe. Discover it with this novel and ingenious application. You can use it to research the great masterpieces of Italian and European art. Giotto’s Madonna Enthroned, or Maestà, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s Annunciation, the Doni Tondo by Michelangelo, Raphael’s Madonna of the Goldfinch and the Medusa by Caravaggio are just a few of the masterpieces displayed in the Florentine museum.

The Musée d'Orsay opened in 1986 on the left bank of the Seine. It holds over 4000 modern western arts from mid-19th to 20th century. Especially the number and quality of impressionist collection is the world's biggest museum and it is known as "Impressive Beaux-Arts Edifice". It is popular tourist route in Paris and many tourists visit everyday. Musée d'Orsay is currently being renovated until late 2011 for the 25th anniversary of the opening.

Chart your own course at the American Museum of Natural History in New York with an app that is part custom navigation system, part personal tour guide for the Museum’s world-famous halls. AMNH Explorer takes visitors from the edge of the universe to the age of the dinosaurs. Choose from a variety of Museum-designed tours or create your own from a list of popular exhibits, specimens, or artifacts. 

De Young Museum: $2.99 AU
Experience the de Young, one of the worlds most popular museums, through the lens of artists, musicians, and film makers. This one of a kind application takes you through the museum, sharing interpretations of the collection, region, and building by some of the most famous artists of our time. Once you have downloaded the entire tour you are free to wander the museum.

This is an innovative app from the Pompidou Centre in Paris that allows you to explore major artists from their modern and contemporary collections. In French but an excellent way to explore the variety of works in their collections through a multimedia presentation. Interactive maps, in-depth analysis of artworks and explanations of sculpture and architectural pieces including the world famous building itself.

The National Museum of Korea: $4.99
A collection of over 270,000 artifacts. The app exhibits one hundred selected artifacts of the NMK collection that date to diverse periods from the Paleolithic Age to the early 20th century.  Each artifact carries Korean and English descriptions. This app is formatted into six themes of ‘Prehistory and Ancient History,’ ‘Medieval and Early Modern History,’ ‘Calligraphy and Painting,’ ‘Sculpture and Crafts' and ‘Asia,’ following the flow of the museum.


  1. To anyone reading this very cool blog: I would like to invite you to join my 1.5 year-old Facebook group called iPad Education Dreams. We are 106 educator members strong and we are committed to mining the Web for anything related to the iPad in the classroom. This is an open group where everyone becomes an administrator. Please join us! Go to

  2. Please check out the (free) iPad educational game Muse-app.
    Create your own work of art with details from world-famous works of art.

    Works great in classrooms and museums.


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