Virtual and Digital Experiences of Sites and Museums

As more and more sites and museums take up digital technologies, the more that are publishing online resources so that we can explore their sites and collections online. The following is a list of some of the best digital reconstructions of museums and sites around the world. We define the best as those that have good image resolution, are easy to use and provide informative details about what it is you are looking at. As we continue to search virtual tours on the internet, we will be updating this list as and when we find virtual tours that standout and offer an experience that is truly second best to the real thing.

An aerial view of the Colosseum on Google's Street View.

SEE THE BEST SITES & MUSEUMS ON YOUR COMPUTER OR SMARTPHONE

Learn how to use Google Street View to enter many archaeology and history sites and museums around the world, from the Great Wall of China to Machu Picchu in Peru, from Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam to the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. One way to see the world from your own home.

The Parthenon just after sunset.

Create Your Own Virtual Tour of the Acropolis

We recommend a set of online resources for you to create your own virtual tour. These include Google Street View, a 360° photographs, an audio tour, a 3D interactive app for mobile devices, and a selection of YouTube videos. This collection of digital experience makes for the perfect virtual tour, wherever you are.

A screencap from the Baalbek Reborn: Temples app.

Baalbek Reborn: Temples

Take a virtual tour of the Roman Temple Complex in Baalbek. Contemporary photographs with research-based 3D reconstructions allow virtual visitors to see the temples as they were in 215 AD. The app, created in partnership between Flyover Zone Productions, the German Archaeological Institute and Lebanon’s Ministry of Culture – Directorate General of Antiquities, can be used on all devices and is free to download and use.

Warwick Castle against a dramatic backgrounds of clouds and sunlight.

Virtual Tour of Warwick Castle, England

Warwick Castle is a Medieval castle built by William the Conqueror at a picturesque setting on a bend of the Avon River. If you can’t make it to the castle, take a virtual tour using the Matterport 3D interactive model created by Mi360 Virtual Tours, their first but eye-catching foray into heritage reconstructions.

A mosaic from Ravenna in the Bode Museum's virtual tour.

Virtual Tour of the Bode Museum on Museuminsel, Berlin

The Bode Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island has some of the most exquisite objects – it houses the Sculpture Collection and the Museum of Byzantine Art. Of the five museums on the island, this one has its own interactive, virtual tour. Easy to use, in German and English, it will certainly make you want to visit.

Rijksmuseum From Home - Masterpieces Up Close

Rijksmuseum From Home: Masterpieces Up Close

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is home to some of history’s most famous paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch and Vermeer’s The Milkmaid. The museum’s website has a section ‘Rijksmuseum from Home’ where you can see some of these magnificent paintings in extraordinary detail.

3D reconstruction of the Sphinx on the Digital Giza project website.

Digital Giza Project at Harvard University

Although still being put together, Digital Giza has a wide range of resources for anyone wanting to explore online the funerary monuments on the Giza Plateau. This is the website of the Giza Project, which aims to bring together on one website all the information from archaeological excavations over the years.