Navigate Your Visit with LACMA's New App

January 27, 2014

As an encyclopedic art museum, we have an astonishing array of art from around the world on view at any given time, and the must-see list changes as we rearrange the selection in our galleries. So how cool would it be if you could receive an alert letting you know what’s nearby as you make your way around the museum?

Now you can, if you use the most recent version of our app for iPhone. We’ve added contextual awareness – that’s tech-speak for messages specific to your exact location. For example, pass through the second floor of the Ahmanson Building, and you might see this:


And it might let you know about great works of art nearby, like this one:

A screenshot of the alert you'd see around the Ahmanson Building

The app will also let you know when you near a special exhibition for which we have a free tour included in the mobile app. For example, right now, the See the Light exhibition includes a free tour featuring interviews with LACMA curator Britt Salvesen, as well as scientists, psychologists, and friends and family of the collectors.

IMG_1937 Tour See the Light

In the coming months, we plan to roll out alerts across campus, making it a little bit easier to wander the galleries and find out what’s on view today.


Amy Heibel, Vice President of Technology and Digital Media