George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is one of the most iconic homes in the world. Now you can virtually visit this historic home and plantation in vivid detail. From San Francisco to Singapore, the new Mount Vernon Virtual Tour allows visitors around-the-clock access to the treasures of this incredible place and the opportunity to engage the fascinating stories of its residents.
Mount Vernon's doors are always open. Visit from your own classroom or home, anywhere in the world, and at anytime you prefer. You can always access the tour from Mountvernon.org/virtualtour.
At the heart of the Virtual Tour is a set of beautiful 360 degree panoramic images that you can fully control and view. Our initial release includes 29 different panoramas that include every major room within the Mount Vernon Mansion, as well as breathtaking views of the upper garden, kitchen, the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, and George Washington's Gristmill & Distillery.
Many of our panoramas were filmed in locations that are not always open to the public, giving you unparalleled access.
Engaging the Virtual Tour is easy. Just use your mouse, trackpad, or finger to move left or right and up or down. These motions will enable you to see ornate ceilings, original floorboards, and all around you, giving you an exciting, full-immersion experience.
In the coming weeks and months we will introduce many more panoramas that will give you even more virtual access to Mount Vernon. Stay tuned!
Each of our virtual tour panoramas includes a number of clickable points of interest. These clickable points allow viewers to learn more about a variety of details which include artwork, objects, architectural elements, buildings, archaeological sites, furniture, plants, books, and more. Stories of human and historic interest are also connected to the viewable locations as well.
Each of our points of interest include images and text descriptions that bring topics vibrantly to life. By zooming in you can see the stunningly intricate details of paintings, sketches, and other fascinating objects.
And if you would prefer to travel through the panoramas without the displayed clickable points, you can click on the point's toggle to turn them on and off.
We have infused the Mount Vernon Virtual Tour with videos from our character interpreters, curators, and other Mount Vernon experts. Now you can have 24/7 access to those who know the most about the objects, architecture, and landscapes featured on the Tour.
Other videos, such as our hopper boy video found on the Gristmill Fourth Floor panorama, bring to life all of the intricacies of our fully-functioning gristmill - from the inter-working movement of the gears to the exciting sound of full production.
We've made the Mount Vernon Virtual Tour easy to use and simple to navigate. The best way to move from room to room or panorama to panorama is to locate and click on the panorama to panorama clickable points. Appearing as dots, you will find these navigational points near doors and passageways that lead to nearby locations. Via these clickable navigation points you will be able to wander naturally - as you would if you were actually there.
Users who would like to move quickly from one point within the Virtual Tour to another can also use the menu that is found along the top of the desktop version of the Mount Vernon Virtual Tour. Choose the section of the tour that you would like to engage and then click on the panorama of choice.
We have also included a mini-map display that can be viewed through the map icon at the bottom of the screen (desktop version). Once activated, you can see where you are located within the Tour. From here, you can also click on various points to go to another area of the Tour.
The Mount Vernon Virtual Tour is accessible via popular tablets or smartphones. Now you can wander the historic Mount Vernon estate from anywhere you have an internet connection.
We would like to thank The Founders, Washington Committee for Historic Mount Vernon and Scott and Lynn Molitor for their support of the Mount Vernon Virtual Tour project.
This offering was produced in partnership with Regal 360 LLC, a leader in the production of virtual tour offerings.