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 12 or higher.**

What’s New

Version 4.2

- Fixed a bug with dark mode
- Fixed a bug where interactive content wasn't always loaded
- Fixed a bug with tp-collection://parent
- Fixed a bug with callto: URLs
- Fixed a bug where links to another HTML file in the same content item wouldn't work
- Cancelling an in-app purchase no longer incorrectly show an error dialog
- Improved support for accessibility
- The app now honors the device language settings
- Fixed a number of bugs related to the handling of push notifications
- Made several improvements to the "Keep all data offline" functionality

**Please note that the minimum requirements for Smithsonian Magazine is iOS 12 or higher.**

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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.

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.

Somebodyelse2011 ,


Saw that Smithsonian now says you can read the print magazine on your iPad, if you subscribe, which I do.

Great, I thought, update and try it.

Not only did this not work, it nearly bricked my iPad. Finally got it working again after some effort.


I cannot understand why the overwhelming majority of magazines have useful apps where I can read my print subscription and Smithsonian has been a major fail in this area literally for years.

I doubt the app developers ever read these, but if you do: Shame on you. FIX THIS!!!!!!!!!M


Smithsonian Institution
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Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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  1. Smithsonian Annual Subscription $1.99
  2. Smithsonian Annual Subscription $19.99
  3. Smithsonian Magazine $3.99


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