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See America through the eyes of award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

Includes a brand new playlist around the theme of Leadership with introductions from Ken and new clips from across his filmography, including his latest film, The Roosevelts.

This app is not a collection of Ken’s filmography—it’s an entirely new way of looking at American history, only available on iPad.

Ken has been producing documentaries for over three decades, including such films as The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks, Frank Lloyd Wright, Prohibition and Mark Twain. Now, he has returned to this body of work and selected scenes illustrating recurring themes in American history.

View this app’s streaming video content with one of these features:

• Timeline view: Zoom in and out to explore a chronological history of America. Select scenes from the films to learn about that particular moment.
• Theme view: Select a theme (Art, Hard Times, Innovation, Politics, Race, War, Leadership) to see a playlist of scenes selected by Ken. Each playlist illustrates common patterns in the American story. In the playlist “Race,” for example, you’ll see how moments from The Civil War, Baseball, Thomas Jefferson and Jazz are related.
• Film view: Select your favorite Ken Burns film, like The War or Baseball, to watch scenes from that film. See what themes appear in your favorite film and how they reappear in the other films.

NOTE: One playlist (around the theme of Innovation) is included free with download. To view five additional playlists, including over three hours of video and more exclusive content from Ken, unlock the full version from within the app for $9.99.

The Ken Burns app was designed with iOS 7 and Retina Display in mind, so every full-screen video is rendered in stunning quality.

We’d love to hear your comments, questions and suggestions. Email us at help@kenburns.com.

What’s New

Version 1.0.15

iOS 9 compatibility

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

Insightful and inspiring, documentarian Ken Burns’ first app reveals the patterns of American history through sweeping narratives composed of bite-sized clips from his films. Whether you’re listening to innovation in the form of Louis Armstrong’s improvisational jazz or watching it emerge in the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge, Burns’ thoughtful commentary and expertly crafted stories expose the beautiful and sometimes heart-rending shape of history.

darylc ,


Maybe I missed it somewhere, but where are the closed captions for the videos???

pointlobosgirl ,

Ken Burns-thank you many times over for being you!

This wonderful historic project done by Ken Burns can be better viewed if you sign into
your Apple ID, this I find improves all apps.

The videos all work, with verbal explanations, along with notes. What can be overlooked:
Note in in upper right, with your curser will pop
up several options to go elsewhere.

It will direct to various sites, one including PBS. These will be related to the year and subject you had just viewed. It could be a full
feature film on the subject, not sure if this is
on all the "years".

Ken Burns films are an accurate pictorial history of the United States of America.

Thank you so much,

Carol M. Koceja


Ken Burns Media, LLC
30.6 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlocked copy of Ken Burns


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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