Take a tour of the collections held by some of the most famous museums around the world by checking out the various apps that have been released allowing art-lovers access to pieces they might not ever have the opportunity to see otherwise.
Musée du Louvre (Free/iPhone, $2.99/iPad)
Discover the museum and its most beautiful artworks, and stay updated thanks to our new Newsfeed function.
- 100 Louvre masterpieces in your pocket. The selection of museum must-sees now features Greek sculptures, paintings by Bosch, Titian, Raphael, Holbein, and Cranach, and a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci
- Over 500 images and details to zoom in on
- A presentation of the palace and its history, with a new introductory video to take you round the Louvre
- New functions for sharing your favorites with your friends, by email and on Facebook
- Regular updates on key events at the museum (exhibitions, publications, etc), and our “Visitor Information” section to help you prepare your visit (getting there, museum maps, opening hours, admission fees…)
Perfect for Louvre fans: via In-App purchase you can buy the most beautiful visuals to assign to your contacts, use as wallpaper and view as a slideshow.
Also new: an HD version of our App for iPad, with 150 masterpieces, informative texts by the museum’s experts, and high resolution images for detailed appreciation of the artworks.
MoMA (Free, iPhone)
With the MoMA app, you can take The Museum of Modern Art wherever you go. Hear from artists and curators, plan your visit, and see a calendar of events and exhibitions. Explore the Museum’s world-class collection of modern and contemporary art and design, create personal collections of media and artworks, snap photos, and share it all with friends and family.
Canadian Museum of Civilization (Free, iPhone)
This application is designed to enhance the visitor experience of the Canada Hall and the First Peoples Hall of Canada’s most visited Museum.
Available in four languages: English, français, german, mandarin
Two 30 minute audio tours are featured that provide a glimpse into Canada’s fascinating social history and highlight the history and contributions of the country’s First Peoples. The audio tours are enhanced with visuals.
Timeline — Art Museum (Free, Universal)
Timeline brings to life the paintings of such masters as Botticelli, Da Vinci, Micheclangelo, Van Gogh, Monet, Courbet, Klimt, and 73 others in an eye-catching and easy to navigate format.
* App Features
– Complete details of the work including the title, year of completion, actual dimensions, creator, current gallery location, etc. paired with a high-resolution digital image.
– Brief artist synopsis including date/location of birth/death, completed works, and more.
– Slide navigation at bottom of screen allows for quick scanning through years, artists, and their paintings.
– Swipe with a touch of the finger to jump from artist to artist.
– Supports Portrait and Landscape modes.
– Currently details 80 artists.
Gagosian (Free, iPad)
Updated quarterly, this free app provides an overview of exhibitions and projects at Gagosian Gallery. Offering unprecedented access and a wealth of art historical knowledge, this truly immersive interactive art experience is designed to both educate and entertain.
Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms ($2.99, Universal)
For many of us the language in which modern art is described is as mystifying as the art itself. This comprehensive but concise art dictionary is the answer. Each term is defined with clarity and precision, putting themes, movements, media and art practices at the reader’s fingertips.
+ More than 300 art terms covering movements, styles, schools, techniques and art theory with 43 illustrations
+ Fully searchable entries
+ Browse terms by different categories or through the image gallery
+ No wireless connection required
+ Available for the iPad and iPhone
Smithsonian Mobile (Free, iPhone)
Smithsonian Mobile is your digital mobile guide to the Smithsonian, built collaboratively with our visitors. Find out what’s on where, discover highlights, search our collections, access tours, podcasts and other apps. Add tips and photos from your visit for other visitors, or share your experiences and photos with Twitter and Facebook followers and friends.
What can you do with Smithsonian Mobile?
• Plan your visit with museum hours, locations, floor plans, and more. “Favorite” events and exhibitions to create your own custom tour or scrapbook of your visit.
• Find our other mobile apps and websites and dig deeper into our stories. Tour collection highlights, watch videos, and listen to podcasts.
• Search our collections to make connections between museums, history, art and science.
• Use augmented reality (AR), “Smithsonian that Way,” to discover the behind-the-scenes work of the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and affiliates in your neighborhood.
Guggenheim (Free, iPhone)
The Guggenheim’s app will enhance your experience as you walk through the museum and provide you with a wealth of materials to discover at home, including:
· building and collection guides in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish
· exclusive audio, video, and photographic documentation for select exhibitions
· information on more than 1,300 works from the museum’s collection
· a Manage My Guides section for users to add and delete content
· customized favorites list to save and share works
· a weekly calendar with program details, images, links to purchase tickets, share an event or add it to your calendar
· easy member access through My Membership card
· kids and verbal description guides for select exhibitions
· transcripts, closed captioning, and text enlargement options available
· compatible with voiceover on iOS devices
Do you have other museum apps to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!
* Source: MacLife