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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 publishes 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 the active subscription period. Visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/app/ and https://www.smithsonianmag.com/about/privacy/ 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

Version 3.0

* Adding additional device support
* Continued bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews


Difficult to activate, but worth it in the end

Activating the digital edition may be a smooth process for those who have a more or less straight forward subscription to the print version of Smithsonian. But a subscription to the magazine is one of the benefits that come from being a "friend" of the Smithsonian. A "friend" is someone who has chosen to donate a minimum of $75 to the institution. This gets them a subscription along with several other benefits. If you are a "friend" activating a digital subscription will not be easy. It took several phone calls and emails in order to finally download an issue.

Having said that, I must commend the customer service people for their persistence in working through my problem. Having finally downloaded an issue it is, of course, excellent. The excellence of the magazine is well known to subscribers. The digital issue is high quality, easy to navigate, downloads in a reasonable amount of time and seems to faster than magazine that I have subscribed to through Zinio.

I do wish that Smithsonian would smooth out the activation process for "friends." But other than that I think this is an great app.

Grandma Panda

This app is evil and a time vortex!

If you are thinking that you are going to be green purchasing the digital subscription, think again! The amount of time and energy I have put in talking to customer service of both iTunes and the Smithsonian developer could worth a year of carbon foot print of the subscription. They tossed me like soccer ball for the problem that is clearly on both side. I would like to remind you both Apple and Smithsonian Developer that I am an subscriber to the Smithsonian magazine as a Apple User. You guys need to work together to solve this issue together instead telling me the issue is not on your end. It is on both ends! If one side is more willing to resolve the issue by contacting the other side, this issue would be resolved within 30 min. Apple seems to have the issue thinking if they are the most elite tech company they give the world's least elite customer service to its customers. Let me clarify that statement by no mean the customer service personnel is rude or unhelpful! I am more than grateful for their help. It's the management how customer service is delivered. If I spend $500 for a screen that types, I should NOT have to spend all morning on the phone trying to tell them my magazine subscription that I bought with my money did not work please do something.


Complete failure

Update 2: I'm putting this back down to one star. Clearly they have no plans to fix this useless app. It's still clunky, full of useless pages, will sign me out in the middle of an excruciatingly long download making me sign back in and start the download from the beginning, and unless my iPad is plugged in it will DRAIN while the issues are downloading, as the app MUST be open. Worst magazine app ever.

Update: I can finally download issues, but I have to keep the app open the entire time, and it takes up to 45 minutes even though the file size isn't that big. When you click Download, you still get taken to a page for ads for some reason, and then have to click Download All. It's by far the clunkiest magazine app I've used.

Original review: All of a sudden I cannot download issues. The blue progress bar will get about halfway, then pause, and when I click to download again it goes back to the beginning, it doesn't pick up the download from where it left off. So, I can't get any issues. I've tried logging out and back in, deleted and reinstalled the app. Nothing has worked, and there's no option within the app to send comments to the developers. It's a great magazine, but this app is useless.


Smithsonian Institution
47.7 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Smithsonian Institution
In-App Purchases
  1. Smithsonian Annual Subscription $1.99
  2. Smithsonian Annual Subscription $19.99
  3. Smithsonian Magazine $3.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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