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Monday, 25 January 2016 17:16

You'll Be Impressed When You Go On These 12 Amazing Virtual Tours

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Buckle up and get ready to take off from right where you are and let your computer or tablet take you on on virtual tours of museums, historic sites, Graceland and more.

Historic Sites

Ellis Island Virtual Tour
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 has made possible the preservation of the buildings and these images of Ellis Island, primarily the South Side. You can look behind the walls and windows of these historic structures to see how they were constructed and what they look like today. Detailed instructions for using the tour controls is available here.

Ford’s Theatre
Locate the link for "Virtual Tour" and start by exploring a 360 degree view of the theatre from the home stage and then select pictures at the bottom of the screen to continue on the rest of the tour which includes a view from the Presidential Box and ends at the bedroom of the Petersen House where President Lincoln tragically died hours after he was shot.

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon
This spectacular tour includes not only Washington's house but also outbuildings, gardens, the library, and more. This tour is one of my favorites! Use the links at the top to go where you like and once you are inside click on the targets and video play buttons to learn more.

Graceland
Take a panoramic tour of the grounds and some of the rooms of the famous home of Elvis Presley, including the Jungle Room. Gotta love that green shag carpet! Visitors can also tour the Racquetball Building where several of his stage costumes are featured including his American Eagle jumpsuit.

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The Secret Annex Online
Discover Anne Frank’s hiding place in 3D. This is incredible! It’s almost like walking through it in person. Detailed navigation instructions are given at the beginning. The tour starts at the famous secret door disguised as a bookcase.

Memorials

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The Kennedy Center
Begin the tour by here or click on any location on the virtual tour map to go directly to that part of the tour. Hold the mouse down and move the cursor on any picture for a 360 degree view.

Korean War Veteran’s Memorial
This is a virtual walking tour. Click “Start Here” to begin. Use the navigation and magnification controls on the left to see in all directions and move along the route.

Museums

The Louvre
The Louvre was originally a fortress built by the French king Philippe Auguste. It was intended to reinforce the defenses that were built in 1190 to protect Paris from attack via the Seine. Online visitors can take a virtual walk around the Louvre’s original parameter moat and there are other tours as well.

The Mark Twain House and Museum
Visit the Mark Twain House as it was when the Clemens family lived there. The tour is divided by floor. Hover over a green dot to view the name of the room and click on it to visit. Once you are inside you can go from room to room by selecting a picture at the top or by clicking on a red target that will take you to the next room. The 360 degree picture will automatically rotate slowly. To pan around the room on your own simply click, hold and drag your mouse right, left, up, and down.

National Museum of Natural History
Visitors can use a desktop computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum. Visitors can navigate from room to room by clicking map locations or by following blue arrow links on the floor that connect the rooms. The desktop version includes camera icons to indicate hotspots where the visitor can get a close-up view of a particular object or exhibit panel. Flash and HTML5 / Javascript versions are available. Flash supports viewing by Desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux).  And HTML5 is used on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Click the buttons in the upper right corner to go to a different floor.

Porsche

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Porsche Museum
The "Museum on Wheels” is constantly changing as even cars from the classic collection are serving the purpose they were made for — driving. See which ones are available on this virtual eye-catching tour. Use the menu in the top right to navigate. To stop the automatic panning click the circular arrow button off.

Out of This World

International Space Station
The European Space Agency (ESA) offers the International Space Station Panoramic Tour. Explore the modules and zoom in to see more detail. Use the map or the arrow icons by the module hatches to go to another section. Click on the play icons to watch an astronaut explain or demonstrate an item, and click on the text icons for web articles.