Urban Archive is the best way to explore the history of New York City. It is the only app that features content from city libraries, museums, historical societies, and preservation organizations all in one place – and it’s 100% free!
VISIT A MUSEUM
Step inside a museum with Urban Archive. The app delivers audio commentary from museum curators, content experts, and featured artists right to your phone as you walk through exhibitions.
UNCOVER HISTORY WHERE IT HAPPENED
Urban Archive is the largest mobile archive of NYC history, ever. We’ve mapped tens of thousands of historical images across the five boroughs, and we’re adding more every day.
TAKE A WALK
Learn about your neighborhood with walking tours created by historians.
Shoot instant then-and-now photos of buildings and city streetscapes.
Urban Archive works with over 30 cultural institutions in NYC, including the Museum of the City of New York, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of Chinese in America, the New-York Historical Society, among others. For a full list, visit our website at www.urbanarchive.nyc
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Ratings and Reviews
The best companion in New York City
I’ve lived here 30 years Lived in a number of apartments moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn and watched all the changes, as they say the only thing that doesn’t change in New York City are people talking about all the changes! I love knowing the little stories that surround this great city it is the true foundation of this place we share. And I truly believe that if we know our past and helps us build our future... download the app put on the alerts pause for a moment and get excited about the place you live every day there’s a new story
Love this APP!!!!!
I’ve always loved seeing NYC in old films and comparing places as I know them now to what they were like when the film was made. That only takes you back as far as 1948 though. This app is such a great way to learn about this city I love so much because I can see things as far back as the 1800s!! It’s also fun to explore on my own using the app and then impress people with my vast knowledge of the city.
If you love NYC and enjoy learning about its history (or showing off to others), then you gotta get this app!!
I can’t believe this app! It’s updated occasionally and just gets better with each one. I get lost in the stories, the photographs and the history. If you see someone wandering around the city, looking at buildings and imagining the history - that’s me. Don’t open up the app if you really have to get somewhere because - you won’t. You’ll be too busy checking out the spots along your destination. Excellent, top quality content, user friendly, and FREE!
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- Urban Archive, Inc.
- 45.1 MB
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- This app may use your location even when it isn’t open, which can decrease battery life.
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