MoMa iPhone app an art-lover’s best friend

Aug 25, 2010
Education

I love the Museum of Modern Art. I love my iPhone. I love taking a tour of the Museum of Modern Art led by my iPhone. The free MoMa by the Museum of Modern Art iPhone app is a very snazzy little app. Head on over to the museum and be ready for a great, […]

I love the Museum of Modern Art. I love my iPhone. I love taking a tour of the Museum of Modern Art led by my iPhone. The free MoMa by the Museum of Modern Art iPhone app is a very snazzy little app. Head on over to the museum and be ready for a great, artistic experience through this powerful app.

One thing to note right off the bat is that this app is very visually driven. I appreciate that about this app in particular because of how much it expresses the presence of the museum through your iOS device.

After a very avant-garde looking splash screen, you will end up on the first page of the app’s interface: the Calendar. The first category of the Calendar will be “Today at MoMa.” Here, you can see everything that is on exhibit in the museum today. There are different filters that you can select that will allow you to access the same information in a variety of different ways, allowing you to find just what you need and not everything else. You can even select a date from the calendar to see what will be happening on that day. You can also view exhibition dates, film schedules, program dates, and more. At the bottom of the page, there is a little info pane that gives you an at-a-glance for that day’s hours.

The next page within the app is the “Tours” page. You can select tours by floor, by number, by special exhibitions, and more. You are able to listen to the audio tours right on your iOS device as you take in the experience of the museum.

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As we continue to the right on your navigation bar, the next page is your “Art” page. Here you can see what is currently on exhibit, browse artists, collections and more. You can even search the collections for specific pieces that you are looking for. To the right of the “Art” page you have “Info.” This is your TomTom for the museum. You have directions to food, shops, floor plans of the museum, hours, ticketing, and more. How easy is that?

All the extras are then put in the last page of the app entitled “More.” You have the audio tracks hidden away back here, along with iTunes links, MoMa podcasts, and even MoMa YouTube videos.

I must say, I want to take this app to the museum and try it myself. Perhaps I will even submit a picture that all the other MoMa users.

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Kyle Ripley

Kyle Ripley lives in beautiful upstate New York. He loves music, photography, and all things technology. He can't remember life before iOS.

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