What are Popular Museum VR Tour That You Can Visit Virtually?

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What are Popular Museum VR Tour That You Can Visit Virtually?

Museum VR Tour

During our childhood days, whenever we want to visit the museum, we need to physically be there with our teachers or parents. However, with the latest virtual reality technology, we are now able to attend it virtually too. Now, let’s see what is the popular museum VR tour that we and our kids can try from the comfort of our home and sofa…

The List of Museum VR Tour…

We try our best to get the list of good museum virtual tours that you can try at home. Some of them claim that they have virtual reality gallery, but in order to try it you need to go there physically first. And from what we found, this is the list that you can try without coming to the museum itself. There are few approach that they use such as 360-degrees videos or walk-around tour. Most of them are also interactive where they provide the voiceover descriptions with slideshows as well.

1) Smithsonian American Art Museum

This very popular museum in America offer the virtual reality tour to experience the Renwick Gallery Exhibition. There are nine great contemporary artists that involved in creating it using InstaVR platform. You can try it yourself by downloading the “Wonder 360” app to your mobile phone and enjoy it using the Google Cardboard technology that should be affordable to nearly everybody.

Renwick Gallery Museum VR Tour
Renwick Gallery Exhibition

2) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

This museum located in England also offer the looks inside it from remote. The virtual tour consists of four locations is the collaboration between the museum and Scan Tech Digital company. They are using Matterport platform to deliver it. You can try it yourself here.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

3) Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

IMS provided service that offer the 360 degrees view of this popular museum in United States. The tour includes the view of different event spaces and come up with the option to open photo galleries or videos of the space. You can watch the tour yourself here in the browser.

Franklin Institute in Philadelphia Museum VR Tour
Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

4) Musée du Louvre, Paris

This popular Louvre museum in Paris has the exhibit called “Monalisa: Beyond the Glass“. As most of us already know, Monalisa is a great and most popular painting in the world by Leonardo da Vinci. This exhibit is the collaboration between this museum and also the HTC Vive Arts. You can download the app from the VIVEPORT website. For more information, you can read it here.

Monalisa Beyond the Glass
Monalisa: Beyond the Glass

5) Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

This popular museum in Washington offered the tour by using your web browser. They build it by using the WebVR technology. You can try it here. The good thing is that, you can switch it to the stereoscopic mode so you can enjoy the 360 virtual tour using your Google Cardboard too.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

6) Rijksmuseum with Museum VR Tour

This national museum of Netherlands also offer the virtual tour and it seems they take it very serious. With the tagline “From Home: We bring the museum to you“, they also provide some gamification elements in it such as the challenge to find keys, discover hidden words and you can also win prize for it. That’s really awesome initiative.


7) National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

This museum in Korea offers the VR tour with title “How to create a landscape“. It also comes with realistic 3D model of the gallery that you can play around like a doll house. If you want to view in in VR mode, they highly recommend using Oculus Quest. But they also support Oculus Go and other headsets that include controllers.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

8) The National Gallery, London

This gallery offers the virtual tours to let you explore their greatest collection of paintings through your VR headset, desktop or smartphone. They have the panoramic view of the gallery in 360 degrees by collaborating with Google Street View. And they also have the “Sainsbury Wing VR Tour” where you can experience the collection of over 270 Early Renaissance paintings from year 1200 to 1500. The gallery and Oculus teamed up using Matterport’s 3D camera technology to produce this virtual tour.

The National Gallery London
The National Gallery London

9) Picasso Museum of Barcelona

This museum offer the 360-degrees tour to its courtyard and you can observe the details of the patios of the museum. The only downside is that you need to download and enable the Adobe Flash Player first which the product itself is no longer supported by Adobe after 31st December 2020. Hope the museum will upgrade the technology soon.

Picasso Museum of Barcelona
Picasso Museum of Barcelona

10) The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

This gallery in Melbourne, Australia also provide the virtual tour of their exhibition by using the Matterport’s technology. It is an interactive self-guided tours that you can enjoy from your home. Recommended to use Oculus Quest to fully enjoy it.

National Gallery of Victoria NGV
National Gallery of Victoria NGV

11) More Museum VR Tour at Google Arts & Culture

According to Google, there are over 2,000 museums that you can explore online. You can visit it at https://artsandculture.google.com/partner. That’s really impressive!! We try one of them and able to view the museum surrounding in the 360 degrees and also able to zoom in and zoom out.

Google Arts and Culture Museum VR Tour
Google Arts and Culture

To be more real, you can download the Google Arts & Culture app on Android or iOS and view it using the virtual reality viewer like Google Cardboard. When you are already inside the museum’s page, you need to go down to the “Virtual Tours” section and click on a tour to experience it in VR…

Benefit of Museum VR Tour…

There are lots of benefit of having this kind of virtual tour where you can visit it anywhere and anytime. For examples:

  1. This kind of tour will greatly benefit those who really fascinated about these museums but stay at faraway countries.
  2. In some of the virtual tours, you can also zoom in the exhibit to be very, very close to your face so you can appreciate the details of it.
  3. And, this kind of solution also will give the opportunity to the disabled or older generation people to also experience the surrounding at the museum.
  4. If you are a teacher, you can use this to get your students to be more involved and deepen their understanding on the subjects such as History or Geography.
  5. If you are students either in schools, colleges or universities, you can quickly go there virtually to find stuff that can help you complete your assignments. It will be very cool to embed it inside your presentation.
  6. Furthermore, it is even more useful during this COVID-19 pandemic event where we cannot do any more school trip to the museum.

In case if there is any more interesting museum VR tour, we will update the list accordingly. And lastly, for your information, the wonderful image above is by just-pics from Pixabay.


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