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Nathan Eddy
Nathan Eddy

10 Fantastic iPhone, Android Apps For Museum Visits

Expand your horizons with interactive iPhone and Android apps from the Louvre, the Prado, the Met, and other great museums.

(Image: vichie81/iStockphoto)

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Now that we've entered the dog days of summer, and you've had a chance to hit the beach and work on your tan, it's time to skip the humidity and sweltering temperatures and cool off indoors.

No, we're not talking about sitting on the couch in front of the air conditioner catching up on Game of Thrones. We're talking about expanding your cultural horizons inside a museum. (OK, maybe you can visit from the couch, too.) To help guide you on your journey, we offer this collection of 10 apps for some of the world's greatest museums.

The majority of these apps follow a similar template, offering a selection from the museum's collection through high-quality photos and information about each piece, and also helpful guided tours that can be selected based on particular interests.

[Check out this list of handy iPhone apps to download.]

Another thing all these apps have in common is their impressive breadth and depth.

For example, the Prado museum app features 400 works of art with detailed descriptions, and many of these apps also provide you with information on the history of the institution and about the ways these collections have been amassed over the years.

As a bonus, many of the apps are available in multiple languages, so if you want to give your French a whirl while reading about the masterpieces hanging in the Louvre, you've got that option.

While this is a list of our 10 favorites, it is worth noting that this is far from a complete list. We would highly recommend checking the Google Play Store or Apple's iTunes store to see if your next museum destination offers a handy guide.

Best of all, almost every app on this list is free, which means you don't have to fork over any additional funds once you pay the price of admission.

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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