British Museum Audio 17+

The official app

British Museum

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.5 • 502 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Start your visit early, make the most of your time at the Museum and explore the diverse collection from the comfort of your own home.

Bring your headphones with you or purchase earbuds from the Guide Desk and British Museum Shop.

The British Museum app features:
• Expert commentaries on 250 highlight objects from the collection
• 65 gallery introductions available for free
• Audio, video, text and images provide in-depth information
• Self-guided tours for exploring the Museum, from ancient Egypt to Medieval Europe
• A space where you can add objects to favourites
• Practical visiting information, including a new interactive map, to help you prepare for your visit and find your way around the Museum.

Prices (in-app purchases)
Full bundle per language £4.99 (introductory offer)
Themed tour per language £1.99–£2.99

How to use this app

Take a self-guided tour

Choose from one of the self-guided tours which each explore a theme – from Top Ten to ancient Egypt. Each tour has an audio introduction, providing background information and context, before guiding you around the Museum.

Explore the collection
View some of the British Museum’s most popular objects at a glance. Browse pictures of all the objects in the Audio app by culture and theme – and see how the collection is displayed within the galleries – then decide what you want to explore.

Dive deeper
Listen to a diverse selection of commentaries featured in the Audio app. Using the latest research, they provide new insights into the British Museum collection.

Enjoy expert commentaries from curators in seven languages – English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and British Sign Language.

Look for audio guide symbol

The Audio app covers 250 objects in the permanent galleries – when you see the audio guide symbol on cases or next to objects, enter the number using the keypad on the app for audio commentaries and other information.

Create your own list of favourite British Museum objects by adding objects to the Favourites page as you explore the Museum on the app.

What’s New

Version 1.3.5

- The Audio app is now available in German!
- Implemented bug fixes and enhancements for an improved user experience.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
502 Ratings

502 Ratings

jonathanknowles ,

Very low resolution images

Content as expected. Very disappointing experience with the very low resolution images. Not possible to see the detail that is pointed out by the narrator. So much potential to be 5 star, awesome app. I would rate 1 star if rating only on image quality.

SSSrvw ,

Needs work

The app professes to give tours. I tried two of them, each of which is merely an assortment of objects throughout the museum—no directions to these objects, written or narrated. So you must toggle between the map and room numbers shown in icons next to the objects; once in a designated room, you’ll need to hunt for the object itself. Rooms are large, so you’ll spend much more time searching maps and rooms than you will learning from the recordings.

The app also isn’t updated, per current conditions. If an object you’re seeking via the app is on loan to another museum or the room you’re supposed to visit is closed for renovation, you won’t know it until you walk there.

I suggest skipping the app and taking a guided tour on-site. The museum has many incredible assets, but its app is not one of them.

Developer Response ,

Hi, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Tour maps are currently not available in the app but rest assured as we have been working on new features to help with wayfinding, please stay tuned for the new updates. And thanks for flagging the issue with gallery closure, as some of the information were not fully updated in the app, and we apologies for any inconvenience this caused during your visit.

illbilly ,

This had so much potential. It’s a waste of data and time.

The paid tours are just random items it takes you too. No cohesion. Each of the features doesn’t provide any additional information than what is printed there already. Usually it provides less. I was hoping this would expand upon the experience of this museum, but it was very dissatisfying. Also the Musuem has slow wifi and bad cell coverage so things load slowly and then glitch because it doesn’t preload the audio and images before playing.

App Privacy

The developer, British Museum, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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