Sometimes you don’t have time to take a long, leisurely virtual tour. Sometimes it’s just a matter of one’s attention span; not everyone is up to a slow stroll through a virtual world, even when the views are spectacular or interesting. That doesn’t mean you can’t find some fun virtual moments that only require a few minutes of your time and attention.
I’ve found a few short virtual attractions that provide minutes of diversion for those who are stuck indoors for whatever reason. A few minutes here and a few minutes there don’t require a commitment to a long sit or attention to a single subject for any length of time. Of course, these are subjects that interest me. Still, you may find it worth a quick look if nothing else requires your immediate focus.
Rhomaleosaurus: Sea Dragon – this site provides a 360-degree visual spin of the subject with an audio description. The tour is only 3:37 minutes long.
It’s fun because it takes you from viewing the creature’s skeleton to watching a virtual fleshed-out version swim along the hall of the museum where it resides.
Giraffatitan (below): This is another fascinating dinosaur display with a 360-degree visual and an audio. It runs 4:04 minutes.
It’s really cool to watch this enormous skeleton flesh-out and do a little walk about in it’s display room. Quite a sight!
Between 1914 and the 1990s, the late Jurassic Giraffatitan was claimed to be the largest dinosaur known, and thus the largest land animal in history.
Natural wonders of the earth’s ecosystems: a 360-degree virtual with audio, this site shows some of the various creatures that make up earth’s current ecosystems. You get a quick view of the animal as it’s mounted, then an equally quick animation to show how it moves. This tour is 4:50 minutes long.
Titanosaur: Below are some images from this video, which shows how a huge Titanosaur skeleton was unearthed, dug up, scanned and digitized, with 3D models of the bones cut out in foam. The foam-bone shapes were cast in fiberglass and mounted in the museum. The dinosaur was enormous! The video and a 360-degree visual runs for 2:59 minutes.
Secrets of a Stegosaurus skeleton: The name Stegosaurus comes from Greek stegos, which means roof, and sauros, which means lizard. This herbivorous dinosaur dates to the Late Jurassic period, between 155 and 150 million years ago. The 3:42 minute video shows the skeleton being brought to the Natural History Museum and assembled for display. Great images below.
Antartic Dinosaur Exhibition at Discovery Place Science: Join a tech on a walk through of a one-of-a-kind exhibition about the history of Antarctic expeditions and what they’ve taught us about dinosaur life at the extreme ends of the Earth. The exhibition includes coverage of the gear and equipment used by scientists working in the Antartic. Displays of dinosaurs (Cryolophosaurus) and one marine creature (Taniwhasaurus) are provided. This video runs for 6:48 minutes.
These various digital and virtual tours are interesting peeks into what museums currently have on display for those who enjoy a study of our world’s most ancient pre-history. Unfortunately, during the pandemic no one is able to physically visit these exhibits.
Engaging in virtual tours is an enjoyable way to pass some time and learn something about the prehistoric creatures of earth.
Sit back and take one, or two, or all of these little tour opportunities. Some day you may actually get to visit one of the museums and see the fossils in reality.