Virtual Travel

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. 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.

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

VISIT 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.

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.

Tour Companies Offering Stay-at-Home or Virtual Tours

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The Parthenon just after sunset.

Walks – Tours from Home

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.

Virtual Tours of Leading Museums You Can Purchase Online from GetYourGuide

The following are only four Virtual Tours that you can book through GetYourGuide. There are many more you can choose from, these are the four that jumped out at us. See the Full List >>

Virtual Tours of Leading Museums You Can Purchase Online from Viator

We have handpicked four Virtual Tours for popular attractions and interesting periods of history available on Viator. For more Virtual Tours around the world to choose from, see the Full List >>

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