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About this app

Discover History's Treasures

Putting history in your hand - the BBC's first ever Augmented Reality app Civilisations AR brings art and culture direct to you from across the world.

Discover the secrets of ancient Egypt, reveal hidden layers beneath Renaissance masterpieces and learn more about the origins of these cultural treasures and the people who made them.

Treasures to be found include an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum, Rodin's The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales, iconic sculptures from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and masterpieces by Tintoretto, Bellini and Turner.

This personal, virtual collection contains over 30 historic artefacts. It is curated by the BBC with contributions from across the UK's heritage sector and is developed in collaboration with Nexus Studios (https://nexusstudios.com)

This free AR App forms part of a major collaboration between the BBC, Nexus Studios and more than 30 museums from across the UK to mark the launch of the new landmark arts and culture series, Civilisations.

Please treat these cultural treasures with respect when enjoying and sharing this AR experience.

Bring realistic, to-scale artefacts from History into your own home using cutting edge Augmented Reality technology.

Move, scale and rotate the collection, allowing you to become the explorer.

Use the magic Spotlight to reveal audio guides and special features.

Use the X-Ray feature to discover history's secrets hidden within - see inside a sarcophagus or what lies beneath a painting.

Rub through the layers of history with Restore, bringing lustre to a Greek Corinthian helmet or colour to a faded Roman Cockerel statuette and find out what they looked like when new.

Translate hieroglyphics from the British Museum's iconic Rosetta Stone.

Navigate the collection geographically in AR.

Take and share photos of the objects in your home, garden or school.

Advanced AR features are supported on Android 8 : Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7 and S7 edge,LGE’s V30 and V30+; ASUS’s Zenfone AR;OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.

We recommend you first run this experience on Wi-Fi.

1. Be Safe
When you're using the Civilisations AR experience, please make sure that you are in a safe environment. Don't use the AR experience while walking or driving and be aware of your surroundings!

Children may start playing without taking time to think about relevant safety requirements and when they get excited they often forget to be aware of obstacles and hazards in their surroundings. Therefore an adult needs to be present to ensure that children are safe when using the Civilisations AR experience.

Also, don't use the Civilisations AR experience if you have a medical condition that may affect you when using it or if you consumed anything that may affect your balance. In any case, stop using the AR experience immediately if you feel nausea, dizziness or any disorientation.

2. Terms
By downloading and using the Civilisations AR experience, you agree to the Terms of Use for the BBC's digital services [http://www.bbc.co.uk/usingthebbc/terms-of-use/] and to the BBC Civilisations AR Terms of Use [http://policy.pilots.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk/civilisations/terms.html]

The AR experience uses online identifiers to provide the BBC with general statistics.

The Civilisations AR experience is for your personal, non-business use only. No commercial use of the app or any content made available within is permitted.
The terms of the handset that you are using for the app and the Google Play store also apply.
The Civilisations AR experience is published by BBC Media AT (BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).

Full details of BBC Media AT are available on the Companies House website at: http://data.companieshouse.gov.uk/doc/company/07100235
Updated on
Mar 29, 2018

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482 reviews
A Google user
May 26, 2019
Couldn't get past the tutorial where it says tap on an empty surface to move the object. There aren't any empty surfaces once the app kicks in so nothing happened. Then I realized the tutorial was misleading and eventually found some interesting things to do. Quite good but needs work, especially the tutorial. Pixel 3, Android 9.
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R2 D2
August 11, 2020
So flipping cool, please you guys can add so much more, keep up the great work, with enough different things you could add the wonders on the world, the possibilities are endless, schools could totally benefit from this omg i wish I had something like this to learn from when I was in school and just in general to learn and have fun anywhere.
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A Google user
April 20, 2020
Civilisations AR is an amazing app. I think it would be awesome to see more AR educational apps of various painting and artifacts. Works beautifully on my cellphone and i am really love this app. And the info on it was also good. It's really easy to use and downloading. Highly recommend.
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What's new

New content! 5 new artefacts are now available for you to explore.

New Features:

Tethering -
If you get lost, follow the dotted line back to the artefact

Restore -
You can now restore and rotate at the same time, as well as previewing the fully restored artefact

Scaling -
There is now a 'real size' option to reset back to actual size.

Settings -
You can now toggle Music & SFX separately.
If you need a refresher you can restart the Tutorial
You can download all content for offline use