Museum Joins With Google to Launch Virtual Reality Visits

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There’s a new way to visit the American Museum of Natural History from schools around the world. Using Google Cardboard, a low-tech viewer that aims to make virtual reality available to everyone, Google just launched Expeditions, a new initiative that sees the company partner with world-class educational institutions, including the Museum, to bring far-flung places to life for students everywhere. 

Google Expeditions lets students take virtual reality tours of Museum attractions like the Hall of North American Mammals.

Here’s what Google had to say about the new initiative:

“Field trips are a great way for teachers to engage students and give them a first hand understanding of a subject—but they’re not always practical or even possible. Expeditions allows teachers to make their curriculum come alive by taking their students on field trips to almost anywhere they can imagine.”

Now, any student with a smartphone and a Cardboard headset can take a virtual tour of the Museum’s Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, and the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life from the comfort of their classroom. To learn more about Expeditions and see some students using it to explore the world from their desks, check out the video below.