With a virtual reality viewer like Google Cardboard, you can use the Google Arts & Culture app on iOS and Android to take a virtual tour of the street art scene in Rome; step inside a creation by famous street artist, Insa; or even travel 2,500 years back in time and look around the ancient Greek temple of Zeus.
Make sure you've downloaded the app to experience these 10 breathtaking virtual reality tours in full. When on a museum or institution's page, scroll down to the 'Virtual Tours' section and click on a tour to launch the Cardboard experience...
Google CardboardThe Index Project
1. A 3D Stroll Through the History of the Peacock Room
Take this immersive tour and learn about the dynamic history of the Peacock Room, the renowned decorative interior by American artist James McNeill Whistler. Follow the room’s transatlantic journey from England to America and explore its evolution as it moved from private homes in London and Detroit to its ultimate destination at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art on the National Mall.
Using your Google Cardboard? Then click here, scroll down to 'Virtual Tours' - marked with the Google Cardboard icon - and click to launch the experience.
Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room - Detail by James McNeill Whistler Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
2. A Walking Tour of the Blue House
Take an immersive trip through the Blue House, Hong Kong, and explore this living time capsule showing you the grassroots community of the old city.
Click here and scroll down for the virtual tour.
About the Blue HouseSt. James' Settlement
Street Artists in Dulwich Picture Gallery (2013) by photo by Richard Howard GriffinDulwich Outdoor Gallery
4. The Story of the Inariyama Sword
The Inariyama Sword (known in Japanese as kinsakumei tekken; roughly, "gold-inscription iron-sword") was excavated from the burial chamber of the Inariyama Kofun, the oldest giant burial mound in the Saitama Kofun Cluster. Discover the story of this Japanese national treasure here and immerse yourself in its fascinating history.
Gold-inlaid Iron Sword (Inariyama Iron Sword) (5th Century) by UnknownMuseum of the Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds
5. The Water Tank Project: A Virtual Walking Tour
Art Above NYC. Water Above All. Explore the streets of New York City on this journey through the Water Tank Project, a street art exhibition that is wrapped around water tanks across the city.
Installation of Gush (2014/2015) by Marilyn MinterThe Water Tank Project
Temple of Juno (-400)Valley of the Temples
7. A Virtual Tour of Robben Island Prison
Robben Island, South Africa is home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years, along with over 3,000 political prisoners during their fight to end Apartheid. Walk in the footsteps of this historic figure with this moving tour.
Aerial view of Robben Island, South Africa by Robben Island MuseumRobben Island Museum
We Have Crossed the Lake (2009) by Ian WooSingapore Art Museum
9. The construction of the Statue of Liberty
Liberty Enlightening the World, aka the Statue of Liberty, has been enlightening New York Bay for over a century. From Paris to its home in New York, follow this artistic masterpiece and engineering achievement on its journey across the world.
The primitive model of the Statue of Liberty (1877/1880) by Pierre PetitMusée des arts et métiers