The mobile app that brings skeletons to life at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum in Washington, DC now creates the same 3-D experience at home or in the classroom. The app has a special way to ‘see’ skeletons on display in the Bone Hall, or printed on paper and on a monitor. Astonishing things happen in 3-D and the audio is as wild as the places the animals come from. Use the app from wherever you are to peer into the inner lives of animals like bats, giant sea cows, rattlesnakes and more. Meet the people who study them, ponder big ideas about the natural world and play a game or two.

- 10 augmented reality experiences with 3-D tracking will change the way you see skeletons
- Two games and two interactives boost your animal skills
- 32 videos take you around the world--from the Congo to the Arctic to the Amazon
- Listen to forests and prairie and bats and snakes
- videos and animations are captioned

What’s New

Version 2.0

* Exhibit list view (for when user is not in museum and doesn't need a map)
* Printable exhibit images (for when user is not in museum)
* Accessibility improvements
* Image zoom on about page
* Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

ArtElliott ,

Good for the room

My kids loved it. Only need it for about 15 minutes. The ones that just showed the skins were very cool. The kids actually jumped when they saw the Mandrin.

harryhoody ,

Interesting & Fun Gov't-funded AR

Happy to run into this app from The Smithsonian. I was unable to visit the museum, but could actually use the AR from my iPhone pointed at my iMac's screen (with f.lux running to boot!). I think the application may look better on larger phone. The screen is too cluttered on a 5S as the menu bar never disappears, not even for movies!

Ahgana ,

Very useful

It’s very useful when you visit the museum of natural history. Better bring your ear phones.


Smithsonian Institution
99.9 MB

Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

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

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