The Journeys of Invention app will include artifacts hand-picked by museum curators, and will allow visitors to examine a flea using Robert Hooke's 17th century microscope, encode messages using a German Enigma machine from World War II, and tour of the control panel of the Apollo 10 command module -- an area not normally accessible for museum visitors to explore.
The app will display photographs, archive film footage and contemporary artworks, museum officials said.
"Journeys of Invention is at once awe-inspiring and intimate," Science Museum lead curator Andrew Nahum told The Guardian. "It is like having a curator take you on a series of guided tours through some of the most magnificent objects in our collection, with each journey bringing to life the story of a key scientific idea."
The 80 inventions are collected into 14 stories, two of which are included free when the app is downloaded; the others can be accessed by a single in-app purchase of $11.
London developer Touch Press created the app in partnership with the Science Museum.