Smithsonian Magazine 4+

Smithsonian Institution

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 165 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Enjoy an iOS compatible issue of Smithsonian magazine on your iPhone or iPad. The issue includes every story, department, photo and more. Subscriptions and single copies are available for purchase within the app.

Smithsonian magazine delivers trusted and incisive reporting on history, science, nature, culture and travel.

* Explore history and archaeology from the earliest days of civilization to secrets of American history to the latest historical discoveries
* Catch up on cutting-edge science from wildlife to evolution and the solar system
* Travel the world virtually from Petra to Prague, taking in cultural treasures along the way

- Single issue, $3.99 (one time purchase, not ongoing)

- One month for $1.99, automatically renewed until canceled
- One year for $19.99, automatically renewed until canceled

Smithsonian Magazine publishes 11 issues a year. Payment for any issue or subscription will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase.

Your subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your iTunes account will automatically be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and the cost of the renewal will be provided (yearly subscriptions will renew for another year and monthly subscriptions will renew for another month). Your subscription may be managed through your Account Settings after purchase. Auto-renewal may be turned off in Account Settings. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period. Visit and for more information.

The Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through knowledge and discovery since 1846. It's the world's largest complex of museums and research facilities, and it focuses on four core areas: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, World Cultures, and the American Experience.

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**Please note that the minimum requirements for Smithsonian Magazine is iOS 13 or higher.**

What’s New

Version 4.3

- Several performance improvements on iOS
- Fixed a whole bunch of smaller bugs and issues.
- The device is kept awake while downloading using "Keep all data offline".
- Fixed a bug on iOS which caused the status bar to sometimes have the wrong color.
- Fixed a issue on iOS that caused slide shows to have the wrong dimensions.
- Added the long press option to the browse grid to download a collection on demand.
- Fixed a bug with rich push notifications using a weblink that didn't load correctly.
- Fixed an issue with the rendering of slide shows on iOS.
- Fixed an issue with tapping on an image sequence on iOS which didn't always work.
- Fixed a bug with the way certain table-of-contents images where displayed on iOS.
- Fixed a bug which caused the inline web viewers to not load on iOS.
- Fixed several crashes in the iOS reader.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

tmvntr ,

Please Show TOC

The magazine is great and the app is really good, too. But, could you please allow us to look at each back issue’s table of contents before purchase so we can tell exactly what we’re buying? It’s very hard to tell from just looking at a thumbnail image of a magazine’s front cover, even on an iPad.

S1616 ,

Inferior to previous version

The newly updated version of this app is distinctly inferior to the previous version. You can’t set bookmarks any more, so unless you read the entire magazine in one sitting, you have to remember where you were. Also, in articles where you should be able to see multiple pictures by touching the picture or swiping left or right, you can only see the initial picture. There’s no way to see the others.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your note. We are looking into the issues you're reporting.

WindwardJoy ,

Difficult to activate, but worth it in the end

Activating the digital edition may be a smooth process for those who have a more or less straight forward subscription to the print version of Smithsonian. But a subscription to the magazine is one of the benefits that come from being a "friend" of the Smithsonian. A "friend" is someone who has chosen to donate a minimum of $75 to the institution. This gets them a subscription along with several other benefits. If you are a "friend" activating a digital subscription will not be easy. It took several phone calls and emails in order to finally download an issue.

Having said that, I must commend the customer service people for their persistence in working through my problem. Having finally downloaded an issue it is, of course, excellent. The excellence of the magazine is well known to subscribers. The digital issue is high quality, easy to navigate, downloads in a reasonable amount of time and seems to faster than magazine that I have subscribed to through Zinio.

I do wish that Smithsonian would smooth out the activation process for "friends." But other than that I think this is an great app.

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