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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!

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.

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.

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

What’s New

Version 2021.3

Fixed map bug

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

graycement ,

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

demonic noodles ,

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!!

RevEmma ,


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 Privacy

The developer, Urban Archive, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

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

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