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Download Explorer for a new way to experience the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City! Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, captivating interactives, stimulating quizzes and more.


"A great aid to anyone seeing the museum for the first or 40th time.”

"Lots of fun facts, videos, and teaching tools for some 70 of the most compelling items on display."

"Guides you GPS-like to exhibitions it recommends you see based on your input."

"Very helpful if you are looking to find the bathroom or the cafe."

Explorer Features:

Personalize Your Experience
- Your journey is up to you! Select your interests and Explorer will organize your list based on how close you are to your favorite exhibits.

Experience Avatour: Augmented Reality
-“Be the Bear” and discover your inner superpowers in an augmented reality experience that lets you interact with iconic exhibits like never before!
- Be a Dino Detective on the Museum’s fourth floor and discover what dinosaur you are.

Test Your Knowledge
- Uncover evolutionary relationships between species by testing your understanding of how mammals are related, in the Tree of Life featured experience.

Purchase Tickets and Skip the Ticket Line
- Purchase tickets in Explorer and skip the line. Already have tickets? Link them to Explorer using your order ID.

Find Out More About the Museum’s Exhibits
- Explore amazing worlds and unlock the secrets of the Museum from anywhere – home or inside the Museum! View iconic exhibits from the Museum’s world-famous halls.
- Discover new exhibits, go behind the scenes, and dive deeper with videos, quizzes, and more.

Share Your Experience
- Share highlights from your visit on Facebook, Twitter, and more.
- Take a selfie and share your adventures on social media.

Get Turn-by-Turn Directions Using Beacon Technology
- Visiting the Museum? Explorer provides turn-by-turn directions from any location, from the edge of the universe to the age of the dinosaurs, plus the shortest route to restrooms, shops, cafes, and exits.

How does Explorer know where you are? The Museum has placed more than 700 Bluetooth beacons throughout its 45 permanent halls. These tiny beacons give off signals that your phone can detect (when Bluetooth is enabled). Your phone calculates your position based on detecting three of these beacons simultaneously. This triangulation is not always perfect, especially in certain areas like large, multi-level halls, meandering walkways, or stairwells. Your phone should be able to detect the hall that you are in and provide turn-by-turn directions, but sometimes the “blue dot” is not exactly in the right place. In some rare cases it will even be missing. Moving to another area and waiting a few moments will usually fix the issue.

The Museum’s free AMNH-Guest Wi-Fi also varies in strength throughout the complex. Certain materials and large exhibits (i.e. the Blue Whale) either absorb or reflect the radio signals used by Wi-Fi, further complicating this technology. If you experience difficulty connecting to Wi-Fi in a particular part of the Museum, you can usually fix the issue by moving a short distance away.

NOTE: Bluetooth must be turned on for full functionality. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

Let us know how the app is working and how we can improve your Museum experience by sending us your feedback to explorer@amnh.org

*Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

What's New

Version 2.2.4

Bug fixes.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Saved me from fear

Cool peaplo

I got this app so I could at all costs STAY AWAY FROM THE BLUE WHALE MODEL. Whales scare me so badly, and I needed to know how I could stay as far away as possible from it. But my family wanted to see it, so I walked with them up to where the exhibit starts, so I could not see it. This app helped me know how close I was getting to it, since it tracked my steps real time. It was spot on accurate to my location in the museum. I'm rating it five stars since it saved me from having a heart attack in public. Also the other stuff in the app works great.

Best museum app


I’ve downloaded my share of museum apps since I frequent many museums. This is by far the best museum app I’ve downloaded. The best feature is indoor maps. Enable WiFi (you may need to connect to their WiFi) and Bluetooth and the app will show you your location within the museum. It will also guide you turn by turn to get to a specific exhibit/area to a museum. This is especially useful since the museum is cavernous and it’s easy to get lost. The tidbits of information about exhibits is neat too! Love this app!

Developer Response

Thank you for downloading Explorer! We are glad to hear that it helped you navigate the Museum!

Great app for the price

PDC Larry

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is a huge warren that's easy to get lost in. Fortunately, it is also full of helpful staff, security guards, tour guides, and just regular staff who are almost all happy to help and share their knowledge. This app makes it even easier to find your way around the museum, and has directions to some of the most popular exhibits, suggested routes for self-guided tours and the all-important directions to rest rooms and food service. Unfortunately, it isn't up to date; it directed me to a restroom that is apparently closed for an extended period for rennovation. You would think that it would at least be accurate as of the date of its release.

It is extremely useful for the casual visitor, but for anything other than highlights you fortunately still have that helpful and friendly staff to direct you. The app knows about a few dozen of the museum's most popular displays; my live tour guide said that the museum has 32 million artifacts in its collections, although only a small percentage are on display. But even that small percentage must be in the tens of thousands, and when we recently took a (free) tour our guide showed us many more exhibits than are covered in the app, and gave us more information on the items shown.

So, if you plan to visit the museum get this app, but also take a tour with a live docent.


American Museum of Natural History
82.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2017 American Museum of Natural History


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