Mount Vernon is privately owned and will remain open in the case of a government shutdown.

Available now on Google Cardboard and Facebook Oculus

With Mount Vernon's Virtual Reality Tour, you can transport yourself to over 50 locations at Mount Vernon from the comfort of your classroom or living room. 

  • Tour every room in the mansion, the gardens, outbuildings, gristmill, and Washington Library. 
  • Discover original Washington objects and the stories behind them. 
  • Watch stories from Mount Vernon's interpreters, curators, and preservation staff.

Get Facebook Oculus or Google Cardboard

The Mount Vernon Virtual Reality Tour is available on Facebook Oculus and Google Cardboard compatible devices. 

  • The Oculus Go is an affordable all-in-one device that is compatible with the tour.
  • With Google Cardboard, you insert your own mobile phone into the viewer, which can be purchased for $7 online. 

See below for instructions on how to access the tour.

Google Cardboard

  1. Download the Mount Vernon VR app from Google Play or Apple App Store.
  2. Purchase a Google Cardboard kit from your favorite online retailer.  
  3. Assemble the kit following the instructions.
  4. On your mobile phone, launch the Mount Vernon AR app.
  5. Place your phone into the Google Cardboard kit.
  6. The crosshair in the center of your viewer can be used to navigate the tour. Keep it pointed at any icon in the tour and after a few seconds, that item will activate.

Facebook Oculus

  1. Place the Oculus viewer on your head, adjusting the straps for a snug fit.
  2. Use the controller to navigate to the Oculus Store
  3. Search for the Mount Vernon Virtual Tour app and install it on your device.
  4. Accept the permissions to allow storage on your device.
  5. With the controller in your hand, you can navigate through the Virtual Tour. Just point the controller to the icon you want to activate and press the trigger button to view that item.
  6. The back button can be used at any time to escape from a video or object view and return to the room.

View in the Oculus Store

Don't Have a VR Device?

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