Virtual Reality Museums: Let’s Go to the Smithsonian!

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

 

Have you ever been in front of something incredible at a museum – say, an Egyptian mummy, a painting by a great master, or a bizarre dinosaur skeleton – but because the people you are with have moved on, you didn’t get to read the plaque?

Or maybe you are the type who would love to take a little spin around that dinosaur hall yourself, at your own leisurely pace? Or the gem’s and minerals exhibit? But wait! Your next real trip to the Smithsonian might be years away!.. Not anymore.

Smithsonain Elephant
SOURCE: SMITHSONIAN

Today on EWC, we will link you to the ability to do just that, only this time, unlike your last trip, you can wander slowly enough to really appreciate all that’s before your eyes.

Have you heard that one of the most amazing museums in the world now has a virtual tour feature? Here then, without further dialogue  to distract you, is your door to a “walk” around the amazing world of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, found at

Virtual Reality Museums are becoming almost commonplace! Here then, without further dialogue  to distract you, is your door to a “walk” around the amazing world of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, found at

Here then, without further dialogue  to distract you, is your door to a “walk” around the amazing world of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, found at MNH.SI.edu!

Click on that link and play with the controls a bit. It’s really extraordinary. You can walk right up to anything you like, gaze in all directions and even look closer to read the plaques.

Smithsonian Hall of Human Origins
Hall of Human Origins, Source: SMITHSONIAN

We come across a lot of amazing web content in the course of our work at Ever Widening Circles, but it seems the things that really pique our interest, the things that really sing to us, are interactive. And even among the interactive things we find, today’s share is really something special.

If you have a half hour, treat yourself to your own personal journey through the museum.

Better yet, if you know a child with a special spark of interest that might be kindled by access to this wonder of the world… or someone who is home bound or unable to get around like they used to, but still curious and excited about life… share this article with them.

Image: Dinosaur fossils
Source: SMITHSONIAN

 

Imagine being able to tour the world’s most famous Natural History museum, right from your living room. This is what it’s coming to folks: Virtual reality is not just for gamers – it’s now for anyone who loves butterflies, gems, ancient oceans, and almost anything from the natural world because it’s now on the Smithsonian Museum’s virtual tour available on the web. We found the experience simply amazing. This is nothing like you’ve ever seen. You don’t just spin in a panorama! You can actually walk in any direction, look up or down, get as close as you like, read most plaques,.. It’s literally just like being there on your terms.

Smithsonian Hope Diamond
Hope Diamond, Source: SMITHSONIAN
Smithsnonian Mummy
Source: SMITHSONIAN

More and more we will all be connected to each other and global gems like the Smithsonian or the Louvre. Imagine being able to take a virtual tour of the plateau at Giza (where the most famous pyramids rise to wondrous scale) or stand in the middle of the Ngorogoro National Park (a world famous wildlife area in the crater of an extinct volcano in Africa).

The future is now.

Take some time to enjoy it with a tour of the Smithsonian.

And have a lovely day!

~ Dr. Lynda


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