Virtual and digital experiences online of some of the best archaeology and history sites and museums around the world.
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. As more become available, we will add them here. If we have missed something, contact us and we will add it as soon as possible.
The image above is a virtual reconstruction of the Acropolis in Athens, as it would have looked like at its height in the 5th century BC. It is taken from the Acropolis Interactive VR 3D app produced by Mozaik Education, and is available free of charge on both the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. Besides the Acropolis, there are many other wonderful virtual reconstructions of famous historical landmarks around the world. They even have a reconstruction of the spectacular Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard near Nîmes, France.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using award-winning storytelling technology, Clio Muse has been offering self-guided audio tours since its beginning in 2012. They have over 130 tours for you to choose from in five European countries, and expanding. There is even a tour to the Moon! Given the times, Clio Muse are currently offering generous discounts on their tours, which can be downloaded to any device and listened to when it suits you, over and over again.
Known and highly praised around the world for their small group tours with experts, Walks has put together a series of experiences you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. From pizza cooking classes with Italian chefs to guided tours around some of the world’s iconic sites and museums. From the Plagues of London to the Colosseum in Rome. For each online tour you purchase you’ll get Walks voucher for $25 that you can use for a ‘real’ tour anytime in the next two years.