History Hero App Review – Educational Fun for the Whole Family (+$50 American Express Gift Card Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I received a gift card in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

History Hero

When I was a young girl, I remember sighing anytime I heard my parents say that we were going to visit a museum. Museums to me were a little boring because they had a lot of objects that you couldn’t touch–and sometimes I was too young to really understand what I was looking at.  When you’ve visited these places in the past, you probably just walk through and glance at a few things and then move on to whatever is next, right? Do you feel like your children are really learning about what they are seeing as they tour the museum?

Now answer this question:

Are you planning a trip soon with your family at any of the museums, churches, or historical sites listed below soon?

  • Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum of Natural History
  • New York: MoMA, Met and Museum of Natural History
  • Washington DC: Mall and Monuments, National Air & Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Castle
  • London: British Museum, Museum of Natural History, National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tower of London
  • Paris: Notre Dame, Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Versailles and Fontainebleau
  • Rome: Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum and St. Peter’s Basilica

If so, I highly recommend downloading the History Hero app on iTunes before you head to any of the destinations mentioned above! I already downloaded the app for our upcoming trip to Washington D.C. We’ve been there a few times already but D.C. is a place where there’s always a lot to do and see and it’s hard to do it all in one weekend! I am excited to be able to have a new learning app to have with us when we go!

The History Hero app is free to download but there are in-app purchases to the different locations mentioned above. You are able to “Try before you buy” to make sure it’s right for you. This allows you to see what kinds of questions your child will be asked and gives you an example of how the app will work once you get to your destination. Missions are about $4.99 and well worth the money. Think that’s pricey? It’s not considering how much your child has the ability to learn during each mission! I do think you will be impressed!

Why download this app you ask? Keep reading! 

The History Hero app brings history to life for your children and for adults as well during your family travel and sightseeing experiences! This is a quality interactive video game app that you can use on your Apple or Android mobile devices.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


There are History Hero missions designed for kids as young as 4-7 all the way up to teenagers and adults. History has not always been my strength! It’s definitely my husband’s strength! He loves history and shares his history knowledge with me often! I admire how much he knows about history, but for me, this app would come in handy because I could always use a little motivation to learn more history. I feel like this app engages one in learning and I feel that even I would retain information easier if I used this app during a visit to a museum!

After downloading the app, you and your child will choose the city you will be traveling to and the missions you’d like to accomplish while you are at the museum. Keep in mind that you will be using this app in the museum that you choose!

History Hero App

History Hero App

We chose “Washington DC, National Air & Space Museum.” We plan to visit this museum so I wanted to get a glimpse at what we will need to do on our mission.

History Hero App

Once you choose your mission, you get to look at your Mission Folder for the Air & Space Museum. Your child will get to choose their Hero (there are a few guys and gals to choose from) and then the mission difficulty:

  • Ages 4-7 (with Adult)
  • Ages 8-12
  • Teen/Adult

We are choosing the 4-7 age range since my daughter is almost 5. You will then agree to “The History Hero Oath” which just states a few rules like, “I will not touch any objects unless a sign says it’s OK.” Finally, you are given the mission.

History Hero App

Your child is given directions during the mission and asked several questions. They earn points as they find artifacts and answer questions correctly! To me, this reminds me of a fun scavenger hunt! I love scavenger hunts! They will then have a question to answer with answer choices:

History Hero App

If they get the answer right, the hero does a little dance! I actually giggled when I saw this guy doing the correct answer dance!

History Hero App

After your child goes through and answers a question, they have options to take photos of what they see as well. Then, they move on to answer other questions around the museum. Pretty cool huh?

Here’s a video of this app in action! You can see what kids have to say about this app and see them using it in the museums!

I have to say, this happens to be one of the most creative, unique, fun, and educational apps that I’ve ever seen!

Will you be visiting any of the places mentioned above anytime soon? If so, be sure to download the History Hero app today! What do you think?

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  1. says

    This would be a life-saver while touring with kids – and a great way to sneak in a little learning, too. I love the scavenger hunt aspect! I’d do it myself 😉

  2. Rosie says

    I’m thinking of getting a smartphone, but I don’t have anything even remotely that I could use this app right now. Only local trips right now!!! I’d luv to have it, sounds fun and very helpful!

  3. says

    I know a lot of parents struggle to make museums seem fun for kids – this app sounds like a great way to make an educational experience fun!

  4. Cynthia R says

    i would download it if I could but i don’t have a smartphone, i know I need to just go ahead and get one. next trip is labor day weekend but only a few hours away.

  5. Lindsey Roberts says

    Yes, I will definitely be downloading this app for my upcoming trip to Port St. Joe, Florida. I think that it looks like it will be very helpful in so many ways!! Thanks! :):)

  6. Suzanne K says

    I wish I’d had this when I spent a week in DC a couple of years ago. I’d also love one for San Francisco!

  7. steve weber says

    I will not be downloading this app.. I was going to take a road trip to Colorado but I got a job instead.

  8. Cathy Shaw says

    I can see how this app would make a trip to a museum so much more involving for my nieces and nephews. I live near the NYC museums too.

  9. M.Clark says

    No, I won’t be downloading the app, I don’t have a smart phone and I currently have no plans to take any trips.

  10. Stephanie Larison says

    I might download this, I’ll check more into it. We might be going to IL soon to visit family, not positive yet.

  11. Stephanie G says

    We might be traveling to New York sometime in the next year or two, if so this app might be fun and come in handy!

  12. sahjau 30 says

    sure look like amazing nice app thank you fro share it with us , i don’t know where i will travel next time but i wish to go to FRANCE and see it

  13. Rachel Beltz says

    We don’t have any upcoming trips until probably next summer, but I will definitely keep this app in mind (:

  14. femto says

    amazing nice app i like the idea , for any trip i don’t know summer is over now may be for next summer or for Christmas

  15. Stephanie says

    This app looks like a lot of fun for all ages, and I hope to take a trip to the museums in Washington D.C. next year!

  16. kolpin says

    hopefully we’ll go to the east coast later this year!

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  17. Jill Myrick says

    Yes, we will be downloading this app for our trip to New York to visit family.


  18. Geoff K says

    I’ll definitely download it before we take my nephew to Washington DC (and the Smithsonian museums and National Archives) later this fall!

  19. Roxann says

    Now that school is back in, I don’t think we will be going on any trips soon so I doubt that I will download the app right now.

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