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Virtual Sightseeing Resources

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In this post we share resources to virtual sightsee cultural artifacts and sites from around the world.

We plan to continuously update this page as we discover additional compelling resources.

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture teamed up with over 1,300 museums, galleries, historical sites and collections around the world to digitize their collections and make online tours and exhibits available online at no cost to viewers.

You can sort art by artists, movement, mediums, historical events, and historical figures.

Google Street View

“Street View, by Google Maps, is a virtual representation of our surroundings on Google Maps, consisting of millions of panoramic images. Street View’s content comes from two sources – Google and contributors. Through our collective efforts, we enable people everywhere to virtually explore the world.”

Google Voyager offers custom maps related to certain themes, like “Children’s Literature Sites“, “Fairy Tales From Around the World” and “Discover Japan.”

Explore the world via Google Earth.

Virtual Tour of The Forbidden City, China via IBM

In 2008 IBM unveiled “The Forbidden City: Beyond Space & Time“, $3 million fully immersive 3D-Internet virtual recreation of the architecture and artifacts of the former palace grounds.

360-degree views bring you through the Meridian Gate, Golden Water Bridges, Gate of Supreme Harmony, Tianhedian Square, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Middle Harmony, Hall of Preserving Harmony, Palace of Benevolent Tranquility, Imperial Garden, Hall of Imperial Peace and the Pavilion of Ten Thousand Springs.

Machu Picchu in Virtual Reality via From Cusco

Turn on your speakers to take in the soothing sounds of Peruvian folk music as you explore Machu Picchu. Click between zone sites and zoom in to get a closer look. If you have a head mounted device, you can explore in VR mode.

Egyptian Pyramids Virtual Tour with Cartoon Narration via Voki

Tour the pyramids with this creative approach to virtual tourism. A cartoon character educates you as you tour the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure.

Virtual 360° Safari Tour via Asilia Africa

Asilia Safari runs safaris in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park. They’ve made 12 virtual tours available for viewing from the comfort of your couch, including a pride of lion feasting, a sunset of Ruaha and a boating trip down the Selous River.

Virtual Sea Dives via XL Caitlin

Take a diver’s underwater perspective to explore the Galapagos Islands, Turks and Caicos, Monaco and 26 countries around the world. XL Caitlin offers 60,000 still panorama shots spanning over 633 miles / 1,020 kilometers of the ocean.

Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher 360° Inside Tour & Virtual Tour

The Cliffs of Moher Tourism Board offers two types of virtual experiences: a 360° Inside Tour & virtual tour. The 360° Inside Tour is a Google walkthrough where you “walk” along a path and choose where you go. The virtual tour offers views from different look out points along the cliff.

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