TOP 15 TOURS
The beginning…is a very good place to start, so the saying goes. Whether you’re new to our site or a frequent flyer (hello again!), check out this starter list of New Day Culture team favorites. We’ve logged a lot of office chair hours to bring you the most innovative, rich virtual experiences, and these are the ones that left us saying “Who knew the internet could do that?!”.
From Impressionist Masters to ancient wonders to the Beatles, prepare to be transported (bonus: no need to lace up those sneakers in the corner).
When you’re ready to dive deeper, there’s a whole world waiting to be discovered here at New Day Culture!
Buckle in to Climb a Mountain
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley, California, USA
Part storytelling, part stunning 360 views of Yosemite and its iconic El Capitan formation, climb your way virtually to dizzying heights with this interactive — and literally breathtaking — climb alongside renowned rock climbers. A virtual tracker shows your progress up the mountain with imagery from dawn till dusk along the way. Even from a computer screen, “leaning” over the virtual edge brings on a very real case of the willies!
Let the Walls Do the Talking in the Ancient Tomb of Menna
Part Egyptian tomb, part art museum, the Tomb of Menna provides a look into the life of the ancient Egyptian official Menna via the intricate scenes painted on the tomb’s walls. Painstakingly conserved in 2007, the tomb’s artwork is a true passport to the past.
The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia
If you only try one art museum online, try this. The second-largest art museum in the world offers one of the most comprehensive museum virtual tours we’ve seen, with full access to the museum’s storied, three-story collection. Click the white ‘i’ at the top of your screen to unfurl popup info about what you’re seeing. Viewers of hulu’s “The Great” will have fun seeking out Peter the Great Hall … the image in the painting is his, the throne is not. Happy hunting!
Restore the Ancient Temples of Bagan
Talk about cultural cred—the ancient city of Bagan has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its rich historical legacy. The former capital of the Pagan Kingdom once played home to over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries, but few are still intact after a series of earthquakes ravaged the region. Imagine what once was, thanks to this VR and 360 tour with digitally restored remains.
Visit Frida Kahlo at Home
Museo Frida Kahlo
Mexico City, Mexico
File this one under “Museums You’d Want to Live In.” Just as Frida Kahlo went beyond being an accomplished painter to become a feminist icon and a legend for her cause, her home transcended being a building to become a museum and artwork all its own. Known as the Blue House (aka Casa Azul), her family home in Mexico City lives on as a collection devoted to her work, life and legacy. Peer into her world and fall in love with this vibrant abode via a top-notch virtual walkthrough, which also showcases some of her most recognizable artwork such as “Long Live Life” (1954).
MetKids: If You Have Kids, Click Here, Now!!!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, made for, with and by kids
New York City, New York, USA
ATTENTION PARENTS OF QUARANTINE — we know you are drowning in kiddos (because, us too)… TRY THIS! REALLY!! TRY THIS!!!!! Brilliantly crafted. Engaging. Colorful. Adaptable to any age (be prepared to help non-readers, but there is still fun enough they can click to on their own). Explore the Map and click the colored dots and bop around… try a treasure hunt for the Met’s Blue Hippo “mascot”. Kids make choices at the Time Machine and come up with different combos every time. We hope we can say “We told you so!” after your kiddo whiles away some hours (ok, minutes, but still…).
Claude Monet: Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies
Step Inside Monet's Dreamy Pondscape
Impressionism has never made an impression quite like this. The French master of the form, Claude Monet, delivered Bridge over a Pond of Water Lillies in 1899. More than a century later, modern CG animation and rendering takes you inside the stylized landscape with a clever 360 video rich in color and creativity.
Explore the Civil Rights Trail
This interactive map of the United States’ Civil Rights Trail highlights places and moments that have paved the road, imparting history through captivating images and text. Meet the heroes behind the movement and learn the stories that blazed new trails for civil rights.
Explore a Fantastical Forest - You Be the Guide!
Way to Go from the National Film Board of Canada
“Way to Go is an interactive experience for human beings between 5 and 105 years old. Maybe it lasts six minutes; maybe it lasts forever.”
Don’t miss this gem of what the virtual world can be. Part video game, part multimedia sensory exploration, you are the guide. Sit, jump or fly your way to surprise digital delights as the forest reacts to your presence. Note: Safari browsers can’t take this adventure… try Chrome or other.
Tour Six REAL Exoplanets
Somewhere Out There, Outer Space
Beam yourself up to six distant exoplanets with this VR-friendly tour created by We the Curious and astrophysicists far smarter than us. What’s an exoplanet? Glad you asked: it’s basically any planetary body outside our solar system that orbits around a different star than the Sun. Think glass rain, molten lava fields, and water worlds with Point Break-worthy mammoth waves — all taking place light years away. (That thunderstorm last night seems pretty tame now, eh?)
Salvador Dalí: The Archeological Reminiscence Millet's Angelus
The Dali Museum
In what certainly deserves a “trippiest of the web” award, step into a dreamlike landscape modeled after Salvador Dali’s mind-blowing surrealist style and explore in all directions in this mesmerizing 360° video, inspired by his iconic painting.
Tour Every Place Referenced in The Beatles’ Lyrics: 12 minutes, 25,000 miles
Ah…the wonders and blunders of the Internet. The former is on full display here in this frenetically paced 12-minute tour of every location ever represented across The Beatles entire discography. There are plenty of surprising nuggets along the way. Did you know John Lennon grew up only blocks from the Strawberry Fields?
See How Pixar Films Get Made
Museum of Science, Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Card-carrying Disney fans, this one’s for you! Pro tip: go beyond watch and learn — click the camouflaged “Go To Activity” purple text (bottom right inside most modules) for truly quality interactives the whole family will enjoy. Experiment with different ways Woody’s arm can wave or lose all track of time changing the appearance of a sphere any way you can imagine.
Breaking down each step of Pixar’s production pipeline, this virtual version of the exhibit follows the journey from storyboard to screen for Pixar faves like Cars, Toy Story and Coco. Pass the popcorn!
See The Skies (Live!) Above Stonehenge
Considered by some to be the world’s most mysterious place, Stonehenge is a must-visit on any world traveler’s bucket list. And what makes this ancient circle of stones even cooler is its gorgeous juxtaposition with the English countryside surrounding it. Check out this live 360 view that positions this prehistoric gem against a variety of skyscapes. (Okay, now you’re just showing off, Stonehenge.)
Virtual Art Sessions
Art is not for other people; it’s in your hands and at your fingertips, to experiment and express as your heart desires. Tilt Brush provides a fun and mesmerizing experience: virtual reality panting in a 360 environment. See six world-renowned artists create virtual works in real time … watch the spectacle unfold, without the clean-up! Clickable bio videos are quick watches to get to know more about each artist.