Augmented Reality App from the Museum of London

It’s taken me awhile to find this (thanks to Ignatia on Twitter for the tweet to the PetaPixel website), but how good is this … “Streetmuseum is a new (and free) augmented reality iPhone app created by the Museum of London that allows you to browse historical photographs in various parts of the city”.

“The [iPhone] app leads you to various locations around London using either the map or GPS. Once you’re there, click the “3D View” button, and the app will recognize the location and overlay the historical photograph over the live video feed of the real world, giving you a brief glimpse into how the past looked.”

And it’s not just the Museum of London, even National Geographic are looking into the possibilities of Augmented Reality. At last, the possibilities are being explored by the kind of people and organisations who have the ability to lead.

So, who’s next?

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  • Hi. I am a student in at University of South Alabama and I read your latest blog! I am not an iPhone user yet I love this idea. Not only is it interesting but it seems very informative about history. I like that it leads you to the destination by GPS. It is a great learning experience and I think it will help us realize that we are not the only people that have walked the planet. It broadens our brain to think outside ourselves and realize from where we’ve come.


  • Mr. Hopkins,
    My name is Kathryn Buchanan, and I have just finished reading your post on the use of augmented reality as an IPhone application. It is extremely interesting and very exciting. The thought of being able to walk through a traditional and historic location and be able to see what happened there or what life was like in other times is amazing. I can see this app becoming popular and helpful among students and history lovers alike. It is taking active and participatory learning to a whole new level! I hope that other organizations take note of this innovative piece of technology and start to use augmented reality in new and interesting ways. I am excited to continue reading your blog and hope that you will visit mine at I am a student at South Alabama and will be summarizing your posts and my comments as a part of the class I am taking. The class blog is at Thank you!

  • Mr. Hopkins,

    My name is Allie Howell, and I am an elementary/special education major at the University of South Alabama. I am currently enrolled in an enrolled in an education-based micro-computing systems entitled EDM310, and a portion of my class consists of following and regularly commenting on a specific teacher’s posts.

    That being said, I think your post was great! I consider myself to be quite the techie, so I love when I discover little things such as Streetmuseum.

    I read the app description and learned that this only works if in London, which does little to no good for me while way over in Mobile, Alabama. Hopefully other app developers will take the idea of Streetmuseum and run with it – it would undoubtedly be a breakthrough for history and art buffs as well as teachers. If all students were to have access to an iPhone or iPod Touch, something like this could play a major part in a learning-based field trip!

  • I commented on this post once before, but I wanted to thank you for sharing this information!

    Most of my family lives in Greece, and a number of them happen to be rather big art buffs. My aunt, uncle, and cousins just so happen to be planning a trip to London, and upon hearing their plans I sent this app to them as a “gift.”

    They can’t wait to use Streetmuseum on their trip! They sent me a “thank you text,” and I thought you deserved a bit of that thanks since you are the one that taught me about this iPhone app.

    So, once again, thank you! From me and my family in Greece! :)

  • Augmented reality should not be thought of as a replacement for reality – I’ve traveled to 38 countries and been in most of the major museums – filmed and videoed in many of them – but film and video can not replace the ambiance of standing in front of an art object – to have seen the Mona Lisa without the protective glass or to actually touch the Rembrandt copper plates are a once in a life time never to be repeated. Yes, technology is great – but it will not and can not replace the real thing – try kissing your lover over an iPhone.