City Art Search is a travel app for Windows 10 that helps you locate local art exhibits, galleries and museums. It is a great tool for finding a cool place to visit in the summer heat and enjoy some great works of art.
The app includes over 6,700 listings, lockscreen and Live Tile support and you can create a list of favorite art destinations that synchronizes across all your Windows devices.
The free app is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, as well as Windows 8.1 PC and Phones that includes low-memory devices.
City Art Search's main menu is straightforward, with a global map filling the upper portion of the display followed by a search field and a section for your search results. The menu bar that runs across the bottom of the screen holds options to view nearby art, view any art exhibits tagged as favorites, access the app's settings and return to the home view of the primary menu.
Settings cover a wide range of items that include lockscreen options, nudity/religious filters, search parameters, Live Tile options and more.
Along with the menu buttons, the bottom bar has a three-dot menu that reveals options to view Wikipedia references on artists or artwork, a online search option for the galleries and options to report a problem or view the About screen.
Searching for an art location can be as simple as tapping the nearby button or searching by keyword. City Art Search supports keyword searches for city, artist or specific pieces of art. Results are mapped out and listed on the main display.
A small sampling of artwork from galleries, museums and exhibits is listed beneath the location and tapping on one of these listings pulls up a thumbnail image of that work of art. Tapping and holding on this thumbnail generates a pop-up menu with options to set the image as the Live Tile, save the image locally, share the image, view in high definition and view information on the artist. You also have the ability to tag a piece of art as a favorite by tapping the star symbol located on the thumbnail's border.
The Windows 10 PC version has the same functionality as the Mobile version but takes advantage of the bigger display by providing a larger map view. The menu controls and search results line the sides of the display.
City Art Search is a simple, straightforward way to discover local art. The free app is available for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, as well as Windows 8.1 PC and Windows Phone 8.1. It has over 6,700 global locations and tons of thumbnail images to give you a feel for things.
While a nice Windows 10 app, I think City Art Search would be more appealing if you could generate driving directions to the art location. In the very least include the locations address in the description — that may be the biggest hurdle City Art Search has. It does a good job of locating local art but needs to do a better job of getting you there. Otherwise, you may be better off simply having Cortana search for local art.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.