by Margaret Hasken


LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — It may not be just like “Night at the Museum,” but it’s pretty close.

The Museum of Natural History released a new, free app on Tuesday that brings a number of exhibits to life for museum-goers.

The Smithsonian says the app allows visitors to “experience select specimens on view in its historic ‘Bone Hall,’ an exhibit of almost 300 vertebrate skeletons.” 13 skeletons on display come to life through 3-D augmented reality and tracking in the app.

It adds details to many of the displays to show how they move or look in life, or how their skeletons work.

“This app is all about sharing some of the untold stories behind one of the museum’s most iconic collections,” said Robert Costello, the Museum of Natural History’s national outreach program manager and producer of the app. “From vampire bats to a 150-pound Mississippi catfish, ‘Skin and Bones’ highlights specimens across the tree of vertebrate life and invites visitors to interact with them in surprising ways.”

The Smithsonian says “Skin and Bones” took two years to develop and was made possible with a grant from Booz Allen Hamilton. The 3-D modeling work took place at the museum and they say the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was instrumental in developing the supporting animations.

Screenshot of the app. (Credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Screenshot of the app. (Credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Screenshot of the app. (Credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Screenshot of the app. (Credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Screenshot of the app. (Credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Screenshot of the app. (Credit: Smithsonian Institution)

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