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
Check out a special "Did You Know" section under our favorite historical photographs.
Tap to get these factoids delivered to your phone whenever you walk by one of these historical sites.
Ratings and Reviews
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!
App of the Year????
This app goes above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen in an archival library. The details, the tours, the layout, UI, and the photo features are all so beautifully executed. A major round of applause to all involved in the constant updates and improvements. Every time I open this app I’m blown away by how great it is. How can you submit a nomination for app of the year? Anyone know? Urban Archive should be first in the running!
Yes yes yes!
I’ve had this app for less than 24 hours but I can already say, as a New York City history enthusiast (who has lost many hours to NYPL archive wormholes) this app incorporates history into my everyday life in an easy, exciting manner, through its bountiful features. If you are someone who has ever stared at a historical photo for more than 10 seconds, download this app!
- Urban Archive, Inc.
- 37.1 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2018 Urban Archive, Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.