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20 Virtual Tours of Historical Sites You Can Visit from Home
September 24, 2020

Like a lot of people, my 2020 travel plans were ruined by the pandemic. Virtual tourism has become something of a cottage industry since COVID-19 went and made a mockery of our carefully curated trip itineraries—even AirBNB has adapted their Experiences feature to include a safe, online alternative. Since a lot of us have been stuck at home, museums, galleries, and other educational facilities have been seeing a major increase in web traffic and virtual tours have been popping up all over the place, allowing for safe and interactive ways to stay entertained and educated.

Here are just a few of the amazing virtual tours available for some of the most famous historical sights in the world. Some of them include audio narration and some even work with 3D headsets. Bon voyage!

 

European Virtual Tours

 

1. Venice

 

2. Louvre Museum

Click the image to visit their 7 virtual galleries.

 

3. Le Hameau de la Reine at Versailles Palace

Interior and exterior 360 tours of Marie Antoinette’s village. Click the image below to visit.

 

4. The Catacombs of Paris

Click the image below to visit the underground resting place.

 

5. Rome

Click the image below to see 360-degree views of the Colosseum, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps and even more of Rome’s best-known sites.

 

6. The Tower of London

Visit the medieval fortress by clicking the image below.

 

7. Pompeii

Visit the Roman city frozen in time by clicking the image below.

8. The Acropolis

Click the image below to check out the famous landmark in Athens.

 


South American Virtual Tours

9. Machu Picchu

Skip the hike and click below to visit Peru’s UNESCO Heritage Site.

 

10. Galapagos Islands

 


Asian Virtual Tours

11. Bagan

Visit one of Myanmar’s ancient Bagan temples by clicking below.

12. Great Wall of China

Click below to see 19 amazing 360-degree views of the 13,000-mile wall.

 

13. Petra

Learn more about the ancient city in Jordan with the 360-degree video tour below.

 


African Virtual Tours

14. Tomb of Queen Meresankh III

Click below to visit the tomb of Queen Meresankh III, an Egyptian queen from the 26th century BCE.

 

15. Amphitheatre of El Jem

Located in modern-day Tunisia, this amphitheatre was originally built around 238 AD.

 

 


North American Virtual Tours

16. Chichen Itza

Learn more about this Mayan architectural wonder by clicking the graphic below.

 

17. Mesa Verde

These Native American cliff dwellings located in modern-day Colorado feature one of the most amazing views. Click below to learn more.

 

18. Alcatraz Island

Click the graphic below to visit the tour for this famous island prison.

 

19. Stonewall National Monument

Click below to learn more about the 1969 uprising that started a revolution for LGBTQ Americans.

 

20. Royal Ontario Museum

Stroll through the ROM virtually by clicking the image below or you can see more of their items in their online archive.


Have you seen any exceptional virtual tours of historical sites? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to check them out.

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast, a hoarder of books, and the author of The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. Jill launched The Lazy Historian in 2015. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. Learn more.
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Hi, I'm Jillianne.

I'm a lover of history, a hoarder of books, and the author of The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII.

The Lazy Historian is a history blog featuring stories from the past with sass. With a focus on Western European and women's history, I delve into anything fascinating. Learn more.

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