Doorways into Open Access is an augmented reality experience that transports users back a century to Paris of “La Belle Epoque”, a golden era that began in the early 1870s and lasted through the beginning of WWI in 1914. Downloading the app opens a virtual portal to 1912, inviting travelers to explore artifacts of the time drawn from the Smithsonian’s Open Access collection in a gorgeous virtual space.

What’s New

Version 1.2

Optimized iPad display.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

nickipalm97 ,

Very smooth and fascinating!

Very user friendly and seamless transition through the doorway. Can’t wait to experience more!

SpeedyBird714 ,

Super cool

Love this app. Really felt like I went back in time!

araks_86 ,

Very nice

Loved it. Waiting for more rooms to explore.

App Privacy

The developer, Smithsonian Institution, 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 Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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


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