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Pocket Curator Museum App

A photograph of two hands demonstrating the lodestone animation within the Pocket Curator AppUnlock the secrets of some of the fascinating scientific instruments on display in the Museum.

Listen to revealing stories from the curator

Watch fascinating animations and video explanations

Try some of the instruments yourself to understand how they work

The app is now available for download in the Apple and Play Stores.

This mobile visitor guide puts the curator in your pocket in a tour of some significant and intriguing objects on display in the Museum. Bite-sized audio stories from Assistant Keeper Dr Stephen Johnston reveal the history and uses of objects, while animations, videos and interactive demonstrations show how they work.

This first release of Pocket Curator offers information on seven objects spread across the three floors of the Museum, including the famous ‘Einstein’s blackboard’ and equipment used by radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi in his first demonstration of wireless.

The app is designed to be used as part of a visit to the Museum, but most of its content can be viewed outside the building.

Pocket Curator was developed as a partnership project between Oxford University Museums and the Mobile Development Team within the University of Oxford’s IT Services department. If you have any questions about this app please contact

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Pocket Curator does not collect personal information. It does use Google Analytics to collect general, anonymous information about usage in order to improve user experience and future releases.