Virtual Learning Center

First Time in VR

Recommended First Time Experiences

VR is deeply immersive by design. We recommend first time VLC visitors begin at a seated station. The following experiences are less sensory and more stationary in nature, and will help users gradually acclimate to the VR environment.

  • Beyond the Walls: Smithsonian Art Museum
  • Google Earth VR
  • Nefertari: Journey to Eternity
  • The VR Museum of Fine Art

Art & Art History

Arkio
Collaboratively sketch urban plans, buildings and interiors like never before using VR, PCs, phones and tablets. Start fresh or import a 3D model, sketch on top of it then export your design to other 3D design tools, including to Revit as native Revit geometry.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Beyond the Walls
Go Beyond the Walls, a virtual reality experience that puts users directly in the museum’s galleries of the Smithsonian American Art Museum! Beyond the Walls blends photoreal imagery of artworks from SAAM’s collection with augmented elements to let users interact with and learn about the museum’s collection using a headset and handheld controller.
Blocks by Google
Blocks lets you easily create 3D objects in virtual reality, no matter your modelling experience. Using six simple tools, you can bring your applications to life, create a volumetric masterpiece, or simply let your imagination run wild.
Church Art of Sweden
A museum presentation of church artefacts and full size scanned medieval Churches.
Gravity Sketch
Think in 3D. Create in 3D. Preserve your design intent through the creative process! Create and communicate your ideas in 3D at each stage of your creative workflow, capture work as an image or model to use in other phases of your workflow.
Great Paintings VR
Great Paintings from the Great Museums of the World in Virtual Reality. More than 1000 famous paintings to admire and enjoy.
IL DIVINO
Step onto Michelangelo’s scaffold to learn about how he painted the ceiling, or enter a Vatican conservator’s mobile aerial platform to see the ceiling up close and learn about the controversial cleaning. Over 100 clickable elements about Michelangelo’s work.
Microsoft Maquette
Microsoft Maquette makes it easy to sketch and iterate ideas quickly in 3D space. Maquette is a virtual reality tool which aims to make immersive spatial prototyping easy and fast, all from within a VR headset.
The VR Museum of Fine Art
JUST UPDATED: Explore the Second Floor of the Museum! Explore a virtual museum in room-scale VR: see famous sculptures in full, 1:1 scale and see famous paintings without the limitations of glass and security guards.

 

 

History/Archeology

1943 Berlin Blitz
In September 1943, a BBC reporter boarded a plane on an allied bombing raid over Berlin. The incredible recording he returned with forms the basis of this breathtaking experience by BBC Northern Ireland and Immersive VR Education, putting you inside a Lancaster bomber as it navigates a most dangerous journey.
Colosseum VR
Come and visit the Roman Colosseum! This guided tour will take you through its rise and downfall, bring you face to face with gladiators, and allow you to experience the glory of Roman architecture like never before.
Approximate Runtime: 30 minutes
The Dawn of Art
Explore the Chauvet Cave 36,000 years ago, with Daisy Ridley’s voice as your guide. It’s in the Ardèche gorges, in the south of France, that our ancestors drew humanity’s first masterpieces, giving life to their beliefs. Maybe you will also meet the cave bear…
Approximate Runtime: 20 minutes
Nefertari: Journey to Eternity
For the first time ever, step inside Nefertari's tomb and immerse yourself in the story of its art, history, construction, and mythology through interactive elements.
Approximate Runtime: 20 minutes

 

 

Social Sciences

After Solitary
The story of a man's life after solitary confinement.
Google Spotlight Stories: Age of Sail
Age of Sail VR is the story of William Avery (Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. Directed by ACADEMY AWARD-winning filmmaker John Kahrs.
Approximate Runtime: 10 minutes
Allumette
Allumette tells a story about love, sacrifice and a deep bond between a young girl and her mother.
Approximate Runtime: 20 minutes
Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience
In this immersive virtual reality experience from Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, spend days in the life of someone who can no longer afford a home. Interact with your environment to attempt to save your home and to protect yourself and your belongings as you walk in another’s shoes...
Approximate Runtime: 10 minutes
The Book of Distance
In 1935, Yonezo Okita left his home in Japan and began a new life in Canada. Then war and state-sanctioned racism changed everything—he became the enemy. His grandson leads us on an interactive virtual pilgrimage through an emotional geography of immigration and family to recover what was lost.
Approximate Runtime: 30 minutes
Gerrymandering Madness
Gerrymander Madness places gamers into a fictional North Carolina legislator's office and allows them to manipulate the districts of a state map to gain political advantage for a chosen party.
Google Earth VR
Google Earth VR lets you explore the world from totally new perspectives in virtual reality. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over the Grand Canyon, or walk around the Eiffel Tower.
The Rose and I
An immersive, animated VR film. Crafted by the artists, animators and storytellers of Penrose Studios, “The Rose And I” is about loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Come meet a lonely Rose living in the unlikeliest of places, and join her as she transports you to a brand new universe.
Approximate Runtime: 5 minutes
Speech Trainer
Speech Trainer is a virtual auditorium where you can learn to overcome your fear of public speaking by addressing a virtual audience.
Self-knowledge VR
A virtual reality experiment that aims to promote awareness on the benefits of self-knowledge to our brain. We present a series of tasks based on real-world psychological theories that collect and interpret your data while playing, providing you with insights about yourself that you can further explore.

 

 

Medical/Health

3D Organon VR Anatomy
3D Organon VR Anatomy is an interactive human anatomy application featuring all 15 body systems. You can now learn and teach anatomy with over 10,000 realistic anatomical models/structures sided with quality definitions per body structure and over 1,000 detailed micro anatomy structures.
The body VR: Journey Inside a Cell
The Body VR: Journey Inside a Cell is an educational virtual reality experience that takes the user inside the human body.
Approximate Runtime: 10 minutes
B. Braun Future Operating Room
Experience how a surgery can look like in the future. Enter an innovative nanobot simulation and remove as many damaged vessels from inside your patient's body as possible.
Experience: Colorblindness
Have you ever wondered how colorblind people see the world? Now you can experience it yourself. Let yourself be guided in narrative mode, explore 3 immersive environments, try fruit shopping or painting. Color vision tests also included.
Nanome
The Future of Molecular Design - From drug discovery to chemistry class, Nanome is a powerful tool for research and education. Visualize, build, and simulate chemical compounds, proteins, and nucleic acids like never before. Collaborate remotely in real-time.
Surgera VR
Welcome to the operating room, doctor. The patient needs an urgent respiration recovery!

 

 

Sciences

Antarctic Heritage Trust
Step inside Sir Edmund Hillary’s Antarctic hut.
CalcFlow
Manipulate vectors with your hands, explore vector addition and cross product. See and feel a double integral of a sinusoidal graph in 3D, a mobius strip and it's normal, and spherical coordinates! Create your own parametrized function and vector field!
Google Earth VR
Google Earth VR lets you explore the world from totally new perspectives in virtual reality. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over the Grand Canyon, or walk around the Eiffel Tower.
Greenland Melting
Greenland’s glaciers are melting faster and faster. To understand why, and what this might mean for the rest of the world, FRONTLINE and NOVA — two of PBS’s flagship series based at WGBH — teamed up with Emblematic Group, X-Rez Studio and Realtra to bring this story to life as never before.
Approximate Runtime: 10 minutes
Home: A VR Spacewalk
Home puts you at the center of the story, taking you on an emotional and personal journey while delivering beautiful, heart-stopping, and memorable moments.
Approximate Runtime: 15 minutes
International Space Station Tour VR
Experience the International Space Station in VR with high-quality images and learn about the inner-workings of the Space Station from the European Space Agency's Samantha Cristoforetti, holder of the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut.
Approximate Runtime: 45 minutes
Mýrdalssandur, Iceland
Experience a realistically inspired recreation of iceland's southern coast. Take photos and explore the world at your own pace, become immersed with some of the latest visual tech provided by Unreal Engine 4. *Please note DLC is required for VR!
Approximate Runtime: 35 minutes
Robotics in VR
Gamified solution, curriculum and content for teaching robotics in VR.
Short Circuit VR
Short Circuit VR is an electronics lab simulator in Virtual Reality. You can build your own electronic circuits with the components provided, learn basic electronics by completing challenges and just have fun while experimenting and making awesome projects!