Smartify – Discover the world’s greatest artworks

[App] Smartify – Museum & Art Guide

Smartify With Smartify, you can discover the world’s greatest artworks and artists for free.

Enjoy guided tours, videos by curators, artists and experts from all over the world.

What you’ll love about Smartify:
Visit hundreds of museums with one app.
New museum guides and videos added every week.
Use your smartphone camera to scan and identify artworks.
Save your data. Download guides to access offline, perfect for travelling.
Plan and book future museum visits with maps, venue information, exhibitions and events.
Get personalised recommendations based on the exhibitions, artworks and artists you love.
Shop art-inspired gifts, books and prints direct from the world’s best museum shops.
Support museums! All in-app purchases directly support museums to continue to care for, display and share art and culture.

More information
Smartify is a social enterprise. Our mission is to connect audiences worldwide with incredible art collections through innovative technology and storytelling. We believe nothing beats the physical experience of visiting a museum and want to make it easy to discover, remember and share art. If you are inspired by our work, get in touch: info[at]

Please note Smartify partners with museums to protect artist copyright and will not identify every artwork

Permissions notice:
Location: use to recommend cultural sites and events based on your current location
Camera: use to recognise artworks and provide related information about them

Smartify user reviews :

Only ever worked once. Since then crashes on loading with message ‘App Data failure.’ Have uninstalled, rebooted, reinstalled, granted all permissions, all to no avail. Shame, because right now, I’m in the Albertina. :-( Edit: As soon as I left the Albertina, the app started opening but not going anywhere. Today, it’s let me login again. Good, but a day late, a dollar short.

  • Hi Paul. Thanks for letting us know about your experience. Hopefully this was a temporary bug but we’re sorry it happened at such an unfortunate time. If you do notice this issue again, we’d love it if you could reach out to us at so that we can look into what’s going on.

This app has a large amount of good information but I paid two dollars for access to the Metropolitan tour and it took my money and did not give access and there is no way to contact anyone.

Was told about this app when visiting the famous Bowes Museum in County Durham today and immediately downloaded it and tried it out. It’s brilliant. Worked perfectly (after It’s scanned you have to swipe down and left to get the info about that picture). I’m amazed at all the poor reviews but this seems mainly because of wrong expectations. It’s intended to work as an info guide for the paintings in that particular museum/gallery. It tells you loads about each painting, including pictures of other paintings by the same artist in that particular gallery. Suddenly going to an art gallery got really interesting for me! Please rate it for what it sets out to do, not what you’d thought it might do.

Nice app if you’re interested in art and artists. I was really disappointed however because it will only try to identify artworks that you take a picture of thru the app and not of any you have saved. Tried it on a painting of ours but all it did was say “scanning” but nothing else. There are NO instructions about how to use the scanning feature. Tried scanning our Renoir and Van Gogh prints without success.

  • Hi Dana, Smartify can identify pictures of artworks saved in your phone if you go on Explore and tap on the search icon! We partner with museums individually, you can for instance use Smartify at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in DC, at the Frank Lloyd Foundation in Arizona or at the Nelson-Atkins museum of art in Missouri.

Fantastic app – like attending a gallery from your armchair. Now allows you to do a text search to find what you are interested in. Good quality representations of beautiful art. It would be even better if you could look at a gallery or artist’s collection in slide show mode or by simply swiping sideways, rather than having to go in and out of each picture from the thumbnail overview. Currently swiping left brings up artist info. Also an optional home screen other than scanner, for 5 stars.

  • Hi Dani, next version will allow you to pause/continue the slideshow. Let us know if it’s as you expected!

I recently changed my Echo Show wallpaper to fine art. The Echo’s range is extraordinary – it’s an almost 5-star experience – with one glaring exception: it doesn’t tell you who painted what you’re looking at. So the loveliest paintings flicking through my wallpaper rotation went undocumented until this wonderful thing happened: SMARTIFY! It doesn’t recognize everything, even some pieces that are quite old, but they’re building their database. In the meantime, when it works, it works a dream!

  • Hi Mada! Thank youk, we are indeed working hard to add new art collections and audioguides. The map allows you to find each museum, gallery and castle around you that partnered with Smartify to make art and culture accessible. We are conducting research to understand more about your experience and would love to have a chat: info[at]

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