The best Android apps for art, culture and tasteful going out

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The world is full of art and culture. We just need to find it. Thanks to the new digital tools, you can discover even the most hidden museums and exhibitions, the smallest theatres and the craziest opera. Make cultural discoveries like never before with these five culture apps.


Wikipedia is the encyclopedia of the world is known to everyone. What is less known is that many of its entries are equipped with geo-coordinates. In an earlier version of the Wikipedia app, it was possible to find Wikipedia entries "nearby" by the position of your smartphone.

In the meantime, Wikipedia has removed the function from its apps. But the independent app Geopedia still fills this function and uses the free maps of OpenStreetMap for this purpose. The app also supports the Android-native text-to-speech engine and can read the Wikipedia articles aloud to you.

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Geopedia finds Wikipedia entries for nearby places. / © NextPit

Are you traveling abroad and would like to use a similar function offline? Then the Wikipedia function of OsmAnd is worthwhile. The OpenStreetMap client can save not only map sections but also the corresponding Wikipedia entries for offline viewing on your device.


Imagine you are in an exhibition and want to know more about the exhibited pictures. Smartify scans the pictures or artwork and then prepares the appropriate explanations for you. The individual contents for listening as a kind of audio guide must be purchased separately. The app also finds museums and galleries in your area.

Ask Helmut

You want to discover the cultural strongholds of Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Cologne, Vienna or Hamburg for yourself? Ask Helmut delivers the best of music, film, stage, and art. Filter by location and time, view alternative dates of the same event, ticket prices and share the event with your friends.

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Ask Helmut offers event tips in six cultural strongholds. / © NextPit

DailyArt - a daily dose of art history

Why did van Gogh cut off his ear? Who is the lady in Picasso's portrait? How did Jackson Pollock create his paintings? DailyArt shows you well-known pictures and reveals less known background information about the artworks and their creators. This app is also an exciting lateral entry for art beginners.

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The DailyArt  app./ © Mioseum

Facebook Local

Not all pubs, galleries, cinemas or restaurants have their own website. But almost all of them have a Facebook entry. Facebook has recognized this for itself and has released a separate app for personal travel planning, Local. The abundance of places is similar to Google Maps. However, it is the trappings that make the app special.

Because in Local you can add locations to lists and events in a calendar. Inform your friends and let them notify you in time so that you don't miss anything on the way. Local requires a Facebook account.

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Facebook Local helps with travel planning. / © NextPit
  • Download Facebook Local from the Play Store
  • Price: free of charge
  • In-App purchases: none

Have you ever planned a cultural excursion with your smartphone? Feel free to leave your tips in the comments if you would like to recommend an app!

Eric Ferrari-Herrmann

Eric Ferrari-Herrmann
Senior Editor

Eric has been with AndroidPIT since 2014. He’s writing articles and reviews for the German website. Topics are mostly privacy and new technology but there's also the occasional piece on environmental sustainability.

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