Apps to Explore Art Galleries

Explore art galleries with these apps and get a picture of where the world’s best art is.

Art Alert

The best way to see, and more importantly, appreciate art is to visit galleries. But sometimes it can be difficult knowing where to start. With this app you can find out what art is on display in major cities around the world. By tapping points on the included map, you can access a gallery’s physical and website address and sample its collection. There is also a search option and an alphabetical list if you want to look up places that aren’t in your neighbourhood.

An absolutely essential resource if you’re fond of finding art on your travels.

Prado Museum

This app provides guided tours of Madrid’s famous Museo Nacional Del Prado, each of which includes an audio commentary. The lengths range from seven to 150 minutes and each tour is narrated in a very accessible style, so you don’t have to be an art aficionado. The app also includes reproductions of relevant paintings so you know what to look for and a map to keep you on the right track.

With this app you’ll have just as much fun listening to the story behind art as seeing it.

National Portrait Gallery

Although designed primarily as a resource for visitors to the gallery, there is enough in this app that means it will also appeal to art buffs who aren’t on site. As usual, the content is broken down into guided tours that are festooned with reproductions of the art you will see and audio commentaries. As a bonus, however, this app also includes several interesting short videos on art and history topics.

This guide is sure to put you in the picture when visiting the inspiring establishment.

Louvre Paintings 800+ Gallery in HD

As the title suggests, this app includes reproductions of many of the paintings that are hanging at the Louvre in Paris. The images are subdivided among the museum’s 25 galleries based on where the original paintings are displayed. Unfortunately, there is no background information on the art, but you can save images to your device and the basic presentation is pleasing.

With its huge collection of images, this colourful guide doesn’t let the Louvre down.

Vusiem National Gallery London

This app is based around 1the National Gallery’s floor plan. Tap on a room and you are taken directly to reproductions of the paintings displayed there. Each painting can be viewed in fullscreen and is accompanied by information. The app also includes bios of artists and guided tours you can follow when you’re visiting.

A thorough guide that will help you brush up on your art history, too.

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