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Smithsonian Magazine

By Smithsonian Institution

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


***TO OUR USERS: Smithsonian magazine’s digital edition is undergoing a change of production software which will take a few months to fully implement. We’ve done this so that we can offer you an even more full-featured reading experience. Until we’ve got the technical kinks of the software and hardware worked out, we are offering a “print facsimile” version of the magazine as a substitute. This is a temporary situation that should change shortly. Please bear with us. Thanks.***


Enjoy an iOS Newsstand compatible issue of Smithsonian magazine on your iPad- includes every story, department, photo and more. Download the FREE Smithsonian magazine app including a FREE sample now! Subscriptions and single copies are available for purchase within the app.

Smithsonian Magazine brings history, science, nature, culture and travel to you:

* Explore history and archaeology from the Sphinx to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
* Catch up on the latest science from wildlife to evolution and the solar system.
* Travel to the best places from Petra to Prague. Stop at art museums and cultural treasures along the way!

- Single issue, $3.99 (one time purchase, not ongoing)

- One month for $1.99, automatically renewed until canceled
- One year for $19.99, automatically renewed until canceled

Smithsonian Magazine is published 11 issues a year. Payment for any issue or subscription will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase.

Your subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your iTunes account will automatically be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and the cost of the renewal will be provided (yearly subscriptions will renew for another year and monthly subscriptions will renew for another month). Your subscription may be managed through your Account Settings after purchase. Auto-renewal may be turned off in Account Settings. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. Visit and for more information.

The Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through knowledge and discovery since 1846. It's the world's largest complex of museums and research facilities, and it focuses on four core areas: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, World Cultures and the American Experience.

What's New in Version 2.0.0

- Support for iOS10
- New interface: We have completely redesigned the Smithsonian magazine app. If you are a current subscriber, click the upper left menu icon (looks like three horizontal lines) and click "restore purchases." This will re-sync your account with iTunes and continue your subscription uninterrupted, as well as unlock your past issues.

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Customer Reviews

I agree wholeheartedly with the other reviewers

I just read the other reviews for the Smithsonian digital magazine upgrade, and I really have nothing to add. The other reviewers are correct, this upgrade is terrible. The previous version was user-friendly and worked well. This version is several steps back from the previous version techlology-wise. The bookmark feature does not work, I have to zoom in and scroll up and down to read a page, it's a snapshot of the magazine pages. It is an extremely frustrating experience to use this app. Why would the developers do this? Please bring back the old format, or work on an improvement! I enjoy the content of the magazine and have subscribed for many years. I do not want to cancel my subscription or switch back to the print version. This is very, very disappointing.

Absolute Worst Update Ever!

I always enjoyed the digital version of Smithsonian magazine. The text flowed smoothly and I loved swiping to reveal additional photos. I thought it was one of the best digital magazine experiences. The new update is awful. It is merely a snapshot of the magazine pages and is quite uncomfortable to read as you have to pinch and zoom to expand the page to the screen and photos are not contained with in the viewing window. Even worse, articles do not flow freely. If an article continues on a page farther on in the magazine, you have to physically go to that page. And the app does not remember where you left off reading. Please bring back the old interface. This is a quantum leap backward.

Shortsighted, greedy rush for the bottom

I have been a member of the Smithsonian for decades. I enjoyed the print version of the magazine (included with membership) for as long as I can remember. The original magazine app was excellent. It was a very good adjunct to the print version. And I'd already paid for it.

Then someone at the Smithsonian got a) greedy and b) stupid and took control of the app away from the print magazine publishers. This was done with no notification to the Smithsonian members. And (also without notice) our paid membership no longer included the app. And by the way, as commented on here over and over, the new 'app' is junk.

So we got robbed of a great app, without being told what was going on and the replacement is miserable and we're supposed to pay for it? a) greedy & b) stupid.

You haven't treated your members as if they matter and you haven't done anything about it. You've ruined your brand and alienated your members. I won't be re-joining.

Smithsonian Magazine
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  • Category: Entertainment
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  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Size: 21.8 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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