About These Tours

This comprehensive virtual tour presentation allows visitors using a desktop computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) to take virtual, self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibit and other areas within the natural history museum building as well as select research and collections areas at our satellite support and research stations and even past exhibits no longer on display.

Within most of the tours panoramas visitors can navigate between adjoining rooms by clicking on the blue arrow links on the floor or by using the navigation map in the upper right of the presentation screen

An updated feature of this refreshed experience is that we are prototyping use of Google Cardboard virtual reality (VR) technology which gives users the opportunity to experience our tours within the Google Cardboard viewers.

In order to view the presentation through Google Cardboard, users must install the Google Cardboard app on a mobile device that works with Google Cardboard. For more information on Google Cardboard, see: https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/

Once installed and you are viewing this presentation within Google Cardboard app, to navigate from space to space, users should just pause and stare at the arrows to jump in that direction. Users can also look down about 45 degrees and then stare at the white previous/next arrows that will appear. A map of each floor is available for the larger screens of a desktop or tablet.

Another enhanced feature of this updated presentation is that it now includes many new high resolution still photographs. Look for the camera icons which give you a close-up view of a particular object or exhibit panel.Try zooming in as some of the images were stitched together from individual pictures in order to create very high resolution giga-pixel images.

Make sure to visit the other Smithsonian spaces and past museum exhibits included within this tour. Many of them provide the public with a view of previously unseen archives or holdings. It may take a while to get through it all as there are hundreds of high-resolution panoramas and even more individual images.

Please note: This tour and these presentations have been tested and should work on all common devices, browsers, and operating systems. Functionality and appearance may vary as it will adjust automatically to accommodate the most visitors. Please let us know what you think of the tour and how the experience can be improved. Send your feedback to h a s c h d at s i dot e d u.

Site Credit: Imagery and coding by Loren Ybarrondo.