Thanks to the magic of presence, VR can collapse distances across time and space. You can hang out with friends and family from anywhere in the world with Facebook Spaces, or you can explore the world with Google Earth VR. And today, you can travel through history with MasterWorks—now available on both Rift and Gear VR.

With MasterWorks: Journey Through History, you can visit:
– Thailand’s ancient capital
– A pre-Incan temple in the Andes
– Colorado’s Native American cliff dwellings
– Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Your journey spans 3,000 years of human history across three continents—all without leaving your doorstep.

A non-profit founded in 2003, CyArk uses new technologies to preserve cultural heritage sites for future generations. In addition to online 3D archives, they also provide teachers with lesson plans on archaeology and erosion, global climate change, digital storytelling, and more. Now, they’re taking their work a step further by bringing the data to life in VR.

“MasterWorks is a really important step toward our vision to inspire wonder and curiosity while promoting a shared understanding of our past,” says CyArk Chair & CEO John Ristevski. “Very few of us have the means or ability to travel to these far-flung place across the globe. One of our goals is to democratize access and share these experiences with a much larger audience—and VR is the perfect tool to enable that.”

This could be helpful in the Thematic Area 4 of the ViMM project, because with the help of Virtual Reality people will be able to virtually travel through history and visit many monuments and explore them like they were there. That way they will be able to learn many things about the history of different monuments and ancient locations. This contributes a lot to the preservation of cultural heritage, which is one of the most important elements of Virtual Museums.