IMPORTANT NOTE: The Cahokia AR Tour is designed ONLY for on-site use at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. The app will not function as intended in any other location.
Explore the City of the Sun
What it were possible to travel through time? Journey deep into the past? Discover secrets of a people long forgotten?
Today, that journey awaits you at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Through state-of-the-art augmented reality technology see the world of the ancient Mississippian people and their great city of Cahokia come vividly alive.
• view ancient structures as they appeared 1000 years ago
• discover ancient artifacts
• learn about the culture and beliefs of this lost Native American civilization
- Minor updates to user experience
Ratings and Reviews
Fantastic way to enhance a visit!
Visited Cahokia while the welcome center is closed, so this app was a fantastic way to get more information and enhance our visit—otherwise we would’ve only had the physical signs to rely on, which would be OK but they do not have as much information as the app. The AR was delightful, and I liked the slider ability to change how much AR I was seeing: from wholly CG to just some AR buildings on the real landscape.
The audio tour part was also excellent, and since I was visiting with one other person, we both wore one Bluetooth earbud so we could listen while walking. Overall, I highly recommend this to enhance a visit, but ESPECIALLY if the welcome center is closed or you’re skipping it.
After arriving we learned that the museum was closed, however a virtual reality tour was offered via this app. Mind you, the museum is free, but because it’s closed, you’ll need to shell out $5. Not that big of a deal, but a little irritating to go from free to $5. Only after you download it do you find out that headphones are required. Seriously?!?! I’m literally sitting in you’re parking lot and NOW you tell me that headphones are required? How many people just carry headphones with them? Wasted $5 because there’s no option if you don’t have headphones with you. On top of that, the app is only compatible with certain devices. We wanted to use an iPad for a bigger viewing screen, but my iPad was not compatible, so we had to use the phone. Needless to say, I’ll never be going back to Cahokia, nor will I ever donate money to them ever again. You’re welcome for the $5 donation, and thanks for screwing people over with your useless app. Oh, and if people still want to visit this horribly managed historic site, use the restroom before you go as they failed to put in portable restrooms. Saw a man forced to use the restroom in the wooded area by the back parking lot. Supposed to be a sacred site, but with no portable restrooms, they don’t give people any option but to urinate on this sacred site. Way to go, Illinois!
Very cool and informational
If you’re visiting Cahokia Mounds, you might wonder if this app is worth the $5. I certainly think it is. It’s cool how it overlays what the city looked like hundreds of years ago over what it looks like now. It does so in a way that was easy to use. You have to have headphones if you want to do the audio tour part, so bring those!
Ideas for things to add to the app would be to include guides for elsewhere around the Cahokia site - even if it’s just a simple trail guide with no fancy AR.
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- Cahokia Mounds Museum Society
- 547.4 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2021 Cahokia Mounds Museum Society
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.