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Become an Academy Insider!

by michelle on May. 31st, 2011 No Comments

The Academy is very pleased to announce that the Academy Insider app for iPhone is available for free from the App Store!

I downloaded the app on Friday, grabbed some friends, and took it down to the museum floor (what else are you going to do at 4:30 on a Friday?). We had a ball and I think we were all very impressed. It must have taken a lot of hard work from a lot of people to put this together. There are so many features, but here are some of my favorites.

  • There are tons of pictures and they all look great.
  • There is a ‘Get Directions’ feature that is truly impressive. Tell it where you are, tell it where you want to go, and it will give you step-by-step instructions (similar to Google Maps) how to get there. The map will even act like a compass if you have that ability on your iPhone.
  • You can learn more about each of the exhibits. There is a tidbit of information, along with the ‘Get Directions’ feature I described above, and then a section where you can ‘Dive Deeper‘ with quizzes, videos, and images that help you learn more. I love the videos. The quizzes are fun too, because I’m nerdy like that.
  • There are currently 2 self-guided tours – one highlighting predators here at the museum, and the other highlighting the role of research here at the Academy and beyond. On June 15, there will also be a self-guided tour featuring the Academy’s snakes and lizards. You can even customize your own tour.
  • We have a lot going on here throughout the day, so there is a live daily programs feed to help you plan your time here.

I can’t recommend the app enough. Not only is it free, but it’s fun to peruse and you can learn a lot too. What is better than that?!

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