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The Visible City

By Museum of Vancouver

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The Visible City goes beyond the walls of a traditional museum, enabling you to experience history in a whole new way through augmented reality technology. Discover the rise, fall and revival of neon on an interactive walking tour of the city's most colourful neighbourhoods, illuminating the stories behind the lights and the pulse that is the city of Vancouver.

Explore and interact with Vancouver’s neon history. Tour the city’s cultural heart, Granville Street, a vibrant mix of theatres, nightclubs and restaurants. Then explore the most infamous neon corridors of Vancouver’s original downtown hub, Chinatown and Hastings Street. Listen to some of the most celebrated Vancouverites tell their stories and watch video interviews that delve deeper into the city’s rich history.

Besides being a piece of history that you can carry in your pocket, the Visible City allows you to actively contribute to Vancouver's neon history. Add your own stories and share them with others, while voting for your favourite signs and places.


Explore Two Neon Walking Tours
Both 30 minute tours digitally guide you through Vancouver’s most colourful neighbourhoods – from the city’s entertainment district to its most infamous neon corridors.

Interact With History
Immerse yourself in the stories behind the lights using augmented realty features. Hold your camera up to the present day scene and see the same Vancouver location appear as it did in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. Explore text, audio and video interviews with celebrated Vancouverites.

Share Your Neon Stories
Add your own stories and share them with others, while voting for your favourite signs and places. Check in at 5 locations and receive 2 for 1 admission to the Museum of Vancouver.

What's New in Version 1.0.3

- Minor French Language Updates

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Customer Reviews

Good app for Vancouver history fans.

Attractive interface, and really a very well done app that those interested in Vancouver history will enjoy. The app loses a star for me with the odd omission in their list of neon signs that no entry is made for the Commodore Ballroom or especially the Penthouse with its neon sign. There's a lot of history in both places there and it seems a glaring omission not to include them.

The Visible City
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  • Free
  • Category: Travel
  • Updated: May 15, 2013
  • Version: 1.0.3
  • Size: 147 MB
  • Languages: English, French
  • Seller: Vancouver Museum Society

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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