Virtual reality technology can now transport us to all kinds of places. Whether you want to travel to Arles, France at a captivating Van Gogh exhibition, or uncover an ancient temple inside an escape room, these VR experiences will have you completely absorbed in another world.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience presents a new and refreshing way to enjoy Van Gogh’s masterpieces through sweeping 360-degree digital projections. Through a unique VR experience, visitors can explore the iconic Dutch artist’s work in even greater detail, traveling through 8 works and uncovering the inspiration behind them in “A Day in the Life of the Artist in Arles, France.”
Participants have called the VR component of the Van Gogh exhibition a “must-do,” with one visitor noting that they “don’t have words to adequately praise the VR experience.” We’d have to agree that this awe-inspiring journey is not one to miss!
This jaw-dropping experience will take you back in time millions of years to an age when dinosaurs roamed! A captivating VR experience designed for those ages 8 and up will elevate your experience at this mind-blowing exhibit, allowing you to truly feel like you are stepping into another world.
The VR component of the Dinos Alive exhibition brings you even closer to the dinosaurs, and has been deemed a highlight of the experience by many visitors!
3. VR Zone DC
This compelling virtual reality venue has not one but two locations in the DMV, welcoming visitors in Northwest D.C. and Rockville, Maryland. Both spaces offer access to VR escape rooms, and the D.C. location features a VR arcade, while the Rockville location includes a free-roaming VR arena.
Prepare to experience stunning visuals and top-notch virtual reality games, art, escape rooms and more through the latest generation of HTC Vive and Oculus headsets. From corporate team-building events to birthday celebrations, VR Zone will surely make for a memorable outing.
4. Sandbox VR
Coming summer 2023, this new VR experience is set to open at the Boro development in Tysons. Visitors will feel as if they are truly living inside of a movie or game as they interact with cutting-edge VR technology built by Sony, EA and Ubisoft veterans.
Sandbox VR’s original, futuristic worlds are designed for groups of up to 6 to experience with one another. From zombie ambushes to space journeys, these virtual realities are certainly designed for action seekers.
5. WONDER 360: The Renwick Gallery in Virtual Reality
With this VR experience, you can visit a previous exhibition at the Renwick Gallery from the comfort of your own home. From November 2015 to July 2016, the Renwick Gallery was home to WONDER, an incredible contemporary exhibit in which nine artists created striking large-scale installations from ordinary yet unexpected materials, such as marbles, rubber tires and even insects. Though each artist had their unique style, their works connected through scale, process and materials.
While the exhibit may not physically be at the museum anymore, the new free of charge “WONDER 360” app captures the incredible installations for your exploration. Viewers can opt to use a VR headset or smartphone to travel from room to room. Since the app uses gyroscopic sensors within your device, viewing is best in a place where you can rotate and move about freely.