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New Virtual Reality tour of the Museum with Oculus

In collaboration with Oculus, we’re launching a new Virtual Reality tour of the British Museum. Today we’re sharing this video and interactive demo to give you a preview. The full VR experience will launch next month, starting with galleries of ancient Egyptian and Assyrian sculpture and Egyptian mummies.

The full tour will give users an unparalleled digital experience using any computer or mobile device, and the chance to become fully immersed using a VR headset. High resolution 360-degree photography has been combined with layers of additional content, including expert audio commentary from our curators and interactive 3D models of highlight objects. Now the Museum will be at your fingertips from anywhere in the world!

You can try the interactive demo here.

Please note that this is a developer preview. The full experience will be launched in Facebook newsfeed and VR directly in May. Here’s how to view the demo in VR:

  • Download the Carmel Developer Preview on Gear VR and press ‘View in VR’ from any 2D browser
  • Press ‘View in VR’ on Chrome using a Daydream-ready phone (Pixel or Pixel XL)
  • Use Chromium Experimental for Rift & HTC Vive

Let us know what you think! Share your thoughts with us on Facebook or Twitter using @britishmuseum or email us at info@britishmuseum.org