Introducing Art Authority Museum for Apple Vision Pro. 

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By Jim Teece

We had an app in the App Store on the first day for the iPhone. We had an app in the App Store for the iPad on the first day. So it was natural for us to want an app in the App Store on the first day of the Apple Vision Pro. 

Alan and his team got to work in the summer using the dev kit and doing the best they could but they didn’t have the device to actually know how the software ran on it or what other software was like. 

But they did it. Our little company that sells licensed reproductions all over the world direct to consumers and in art museums as well launched an art museum for the Apple Vision Pro. On day one. 

It’s just a demo of what the vision is for the full blown museum but it’s the best that they could do when the original launch date was moved up 3 months. 

The museum takes over the environment and drops you into a room of what seems like it will one day be a much larger connected set of rooms. The app offers a free guided tour of our history-making lobby, which already includes da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa,” Michelangelo’s “Birth of Adam,” van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Munch’s “The Scream,” Wood’s “American Gothic” as well as major works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir, Picasso and more. Pause the tour at any time to explore each individual piece.

It’s actually stunning to see the high res art on the wall even though our movement through the room is a bit jarring. Don’t worry we are working on that. 

We bought 5 Apple Vision Pros on the day they launched and the developers all have one now so they can test on it right away. 

In fact I assume that 75% of the ones they sold on day one or more are for developers. 

The rest went to influencers and rich people and poor people with a credit card and zero tolerance for patience. 

The team at Project A provides the backend database and servers that support the solution as we do for all the art authority apps, but the actual app has been hand designed and developed by Alan and his small but mighty team. 

My AVP showed up and I waited a few days to unbox it because I was buried with other work. 

I have to admit that my breath was taken away and I giggled when it booted up and the spatial aspect of the UI pops up in your room. 

Your brain skips a beat and reprograms itself. 

I went slow and took my time. My son and his girlfriend on the other hand, sped through it and used large crazy motions to control it as if they were slicing fruit in the air, they were not, they were just navigating the UI. 

I have to admit the device is a game changer. 

I’m hoping that developers will create 1,000 apps and launch them with hopes that their app will become the “killer” app while Apple improves the device and lowers the price to $1,000 someday. 

What’s our app going to become? Apple once said that our Art Authority app was one of 7 that will change education. We believe it has. 

Now we want to change education again and museum exhibits as well. 

We want to develop museums for the AVP for real world museums. We want every AVP user to visit our museums and learn and get inspired. 

Oh, and by the way, our original art authority app for iPad works very well in the Apple Vision Pro.

Press Release : Introducing the Art Authority Museum
A new type of art museum for a new world

February 2, 2024

Art Authority LLC, creator of the award-winning line of apps for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, and owner of the 1000Museums brand of fine-art reproductions, is proud to announce the opening of the Art Authority Museum, a crowning moment in its mission to “make all the world’s art accessible to all the world.” Under construction for months as an Apple Vision Pro app, the museum’s initial availability coincides with that of Apple’s new industry-establishing device. Open 24/7, the Museum is currently offering free pre-opening tours of its groundbreaking lobby, where users can experience dozens of the world’s most historically important artworks. From wherever in the world they may be.

To take the tour, Vision Pro users go to the Vision Pro App Store, download and run the free Art Authority Museum app. The app transports them to the fully immersive Museum lobby and begins a chronological tour, starting with the early Renaissance and including such defining works as da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa,” Michelangelo’s “Birth of Adam,” van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Munch’s “The Scream,” Wood’s “American Gothic” and many others. Users can pause the tour through a simple tap of their fingers, and linger in front of the paintings for as long as they like. With no crowds.

“Art Authority has been bringing art to all the world since its day-one iPhone app in 2008. We view the Art Authority Museum as the pinnacle of our mission,” said Alan Oppenheimer, Founding Director of the Museum, and an Art Authority co-founder.

The full Art Authority Museum remains under construction, with a grand opening planned for Spring. When fully opened, patrons will be able to experience the Museum’s collection of tens of thousands of works by hundreds of the world’s major artists throughout history. Entrance into the Lobby and select galleries will always be free, with memberships providing full access. Members will also be able to take advantage of a number of transcendent features unavailable in any classic art museum, such as the ability to create their own galleries. Details of the Museum and updates on the opening are available on the Museum’s website at

Art Authority, through its 1000Museums brand, helps the world’s art museums thrive through sales of print reproductions and other products, and has begun working with those museums to bring the benefits of Vision Pro and the Art Authority Museum to their patrons. Nik Honeysett, CEO of Balboa Park Online Collaborative, expressed their enthusiasm by saying “BPOC is honored and excited to partner with Art Authority to forge a new path in the virtual museum territory. The true promise of VR for museums is now possible with the Apple Vision Pro and Art Authority’s leadership to create a rich and compelling museum experience and a business model to support it.”

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