Image courtesy Dulwich Picture Gallery
Image courtesy Dulwich Picture Gallery

Children are first to take Dulwich Gallery’s Virtual Reality tour

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This week, Dulwich Picture Gallery introduced their new virtual reality tour to six children at nearby King’s College Hospital.

They are the first UK institution to partner with the Google Cultural Institute in providing a tour through the Google Cardboard VR headset, using Street View technology.

The gallery was designed by regency architect John Soane and opened to the public in 1817, with a small but exceptional collection of Old Masters including Van Dyck, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. The app takes users on a tour of the gallery, including its architecture and mausoleum, providing additional information on key paintings and audio highlights. It currently follows a set route, but the gallery hopes to add more tours focusing on particular topics.

The aims of the innovative digital product are to provide the chance of visiting the gallery to those who might not have access, and to entice new visitors.

Children were generally very positive about the experience, and the gallery plans to trial further immersive methods of engagement and innovative technology with young people over the coming months.

Anyone with a Google Cardboard and Android phone can try the tour by downloading the Gallery’s new app Dulwich Picture Gallery on the Google Play Store

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