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Tech Review: Apps help you navigate NY's museums

Apps that help users stay connected.

Apps that help users stay connected. Credit: AFP / Getty Images

Fall is a great time for a day trip to New York City. Whether you want to admire notable artwork or honor the victims of 9/11, these official apps from four of Manhattan's landmark museums can help you make the day special.

The Met

(iOS; free)

This brand-new app from the Metropolitan Museum of Art features updates on ongoing and upcoming exhibitions, events and performances at the Met's main building at 1000 Fifth Ave. and its Cloisters museum and gardens in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. Befitting the nation's largest art museum, the app is elegantly designed and includes some beautiful images. One complaint: The app surprisingly does not include maps of the museums.


(iOS, Android; free)

This app is hit or miss: a hit if you have an iPhone or iPad, a miss for many Android users because it crashes constantly even on the most popular and powerful devices. For those who get it to work, the app has a weekly calendar and extensive information on the museum's artworks. A detailed map of the iconic spiral building at 1071 Fifth Ave. can help you avoid walking around in circles even as you're walking around in circles.


(iOS; free)

If the Museum of Modern Art at 11 W. 53rd St. is on your list, this app can help you find your way there and find your way around the museum once you get there. Directory listings and maps will lead you to a specific artist or artwork, and a calendar of events will help you pinpoint an optimal day to go. The app also features audio commentaries from artists and the museum's curators.

9/11 Museum Audio Guide

(iOS, Android; free)

This app is a must for anyone planning a visit to the memorial at the World Trade Center. Audio guides narrated by Robert DeNiro set the tone, and a map shows you where each memorial and exhibition is located. You can also view a transcript of each audio guide, which makes a perfect accompaniment as you're touring the site. The audio guides include remembrances from family members of the victims.

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