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What are Virtual Tours and How to take one?

by Wajeeh Qureshi

The world is on hold because of the pandemic. You are dying to break free from the confines of your home. For you, life couldn’t be more colourless and mundane… 

But what if you could travel the world without moving a limb? Yes, that’s right, present-day technology has enabled such a feat. Virtual tours are a phenomenon quickly gaining fame, and many museums are offering them free of cost! In short, they are 360-degree images displayed on your web browser where you can interact with and ‘move’ around the scene. 

Museums with Virtual Tours

The Louvre in Paris

Louvre Museum

© Adam Derewecki

From the critically acclaimed Mona Lisa to relics from the Pharaonic period, the Louvre museum virtual tours have some splendid collections on show.

The British Museum in London

Egyptian Relics

© José María Mateos

The British museum’s interactive virtual tour displays two million years of collections divided into categories like ‘Art and Design’ and ‘Power and identity’.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution

© Steve Byrne

This virtual tour houses one of the largest collections of national history; where you are free to roam the current and past exhibits. 

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Painting by Van Gogh

© Anne & Saturnino Miranda

Witness some exquisite art pieces by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh as part of ‘Google’s Arts & Culture’ initiative.

Sydney’s Opera house

Interior Sydney Opera House

© Larry Koester

Explore the legendary theatre space on the video tour and you can also view recent performances that are streaming each week.

Travel Destinations

Tomb of Queen Meresankh III in Giza

Tomb Mummies

One of my personal favourites; this tour gives you unrestricted access inside the five-thousand-year-old pyramid where you get to relive Egyptian history.

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Eiffel Tower

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Not only is this one of the most famous virtual tours of Paris, but the world. Even if you’ve visited this world wonder before, you won’t tire from the breathing taking views the Eiffel Tower offers.

Taj Mahal in Agra

Taj Mahal

© Richard Mcall

Journey to this magnificent palace, which signifies the Mughal Ruler Shah Jahan’s romantic tale with his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Colosseum in Rome

Colosseum

This virtual tour will take you back to ancient Rome inside its iconic arena, the mighty Colosseum.

Machu Picchu in Peru

Machu Piccu

© Meindert van D

If you haven’t already checked it out, you are missing out on this magnificent ancient city, that too constructed with primitive tools.

How to take one?

The best part about all this is that you don’t need any external software to take one. Just click on the link for any tour you wish to take and it will open inside your browser. 

To put the cherry on top, you can combine the powers of VR goggles with your PC to make it an enchanting experience.

So when are you taking a virtual tour?

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