“David Bowie is” is an adaptation for iPhone of the blockbuster exhibition that originated in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013 and toured the world for five years to record-breaking attendance and international acclaim.

This augmented reality exhibition tells the story of Bowie’s life and career through costumes, videos, photography, drawings, storyboards, music scores, handwritten lyrics, letters, and diary entries. It displays over 400 items from the iconic exhibition in a sequence of 25 newly designed virtual exhibition rooms, with many never before seen items. No headsets required, all you need for the best experience is a pair of headphones.

"David Bowie is...the freakiest show on your smartphone." - The Guardian

“Extraordinary stage costumes, inspired handwritten lyrics, production notes, diary entries, and music videos bring the 'artistic diversity' of David Bowie's legendary career into focus.” - CNET

David Bowie is includes:
• 56 Costumes
• 38 Songs
• 23 Music Videos and live performances
• 60 Original lyric sheets and design notes
• 50 Photos
• 33 Drawings and sketches
• 7 Paintings (that’s right, he painted too)

Each digitally scanned item can be inspected in astonishing detail at the viewer’s leisure, in their own environment, with no crowds or glass separating them from the intimate artifacts of one of the most influential artists in popular cultural history.

- More praise for David Bowie is -
"David Bowie Is… could have been overwhelming, but instead it felt like a vessel of his spirit." - Pitchfork

“If you loved Bowie in a manner that could not be reasonably described as casual, grabbing the app will be the best $7.99 you’ve ever spent.” - Buffalo News

"The David Bowie AR app conjures the sense of a present absence." - GQ

“Here is augmented reality with a soul.” - Hypebot

- Compatibility -
For iPhones 6S, iPad 2017, iPad Pro and later models running iOS 11 and later. You do not need a VR headset to view this exhibition. Only your iPhone and headphones.

- Privacy, Safety, and Support -
This app requires access to your device's camera and microphone in order to use augmented reality. However, no personal data is recorded or saved, your privacy is 100% guaranteed. As you will need to move around to view the exhibition, please be aware of your surroundings while using the app.

- Things to Know -
This app uses your phone and battery intensively - you might notice your phone heating up during prolonged use, this is normal. Taking breaks will help reduce this heat buildup. This app also streams a significant amount of data to your phone, so be sure to connect to a strong wifi network if available.

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What’s New

Version 1.0.5

Thanks for visiting the show! This update includes a number of updates and bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
543 Ratings

543 Ratings

Setbrnx ,

SO worth it!

Just the coolest most engaging and amazing way to get close to Bowie’s life and art. Never imagined AR could look this good, or could deliver so much. Crystal clear! Super detailed! Can’t believe how carefully and brilliantly arranged it all is. And the lighting! You can turn things around and get so close to it all! I saw the show 3 times ($60!) and never once felt as close to the materials as I do with this app. It’s a total trip to explore. Totally chill. Haven’t see the half of it yet and I’ve already seen videos and drawings and lyrics and so many astonishing things I never saw in the museum show or dreamed I’d ever see up close like this. I feel like they’re mine. Sitting on my table. And the audio has so much presence, so much depth. Oldman is warm, intimate - can’t help wondering if he didn’t write this too. I’m putting this down for a few hours, maybe for a few days. Just to give it all a chance to sink in. I hope it never ends. Mind blown!

somanylauras ,

Surprisingly intimate and goosebumpy!

The fact that you can literally move your phone closer to Bowie’s handwritten documents and drawings is really something. Feels like I really have Bowie in my room, talking about his ideas while I examine the artifacts. I went to the Brooklyn show and always wish I could stay much longer there, without the crowds(who doesn’t?). And now I can take my time to singalong the Life On Mars handwritten lyrics while feeling Bowie surrounds me! <3 Haven’t gone through everything yet, but I’m excited to take my time to explore how much the content the app is going to offer!
Such a great gift.. happy birthday David Bowie ⭐️

jntfurstman ,

This app of the Exhibit for Bowie leaves me feeling Under Presure

The App is a digital recreation of The world renowned exhibition of one of Rock greatest stars David Bowie who’s 72 after he passed on. The app called David Bowie Is is a moving unforgettable experience that recreate the entire exhibition with even more items not seen in the original touring shows. it tell his amazing story from his early childhood in London to his sad death with his final album release BlackStar in 2016. It includes Music videos, Film, Live recordings, Photos, and so much more. Including full songs and famous album art. What a show.


Sony Music Entertainment(Japan)Inc.
187 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (7th generation).



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References


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