Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 26 September |
Saint of the Day: Sts Cosmas and Damian
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Take a virtual reality tour of the Holocaust Museum using your phone


Phil Calina - Flickr

J-P Mauro - published on 11/26/18

A complete virtual field trip, with lesson plan.

We study the Holocaust, one of the darkest chapters of human history lest we see its devastating events repeated. There are few places better to learn about the systematic persecution of the Jewish people — along with many other minorities — than at the The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, but not everyone can make it to Washington, DC to visit its heartbreaking halls. This is all about to change, however, as they launch a new app which allows students of history to take a virtual tour of the museum’s grounds and exhibits.

The Holocaust: History and Museum is a free, virtual field trip complete with means of viewing and a lesson plan. The tour takes you through nine different scenes from the museum including their permanent exhibition, The Holocaust, the Hall of Witness and Hall of Remembrance, and a conservation lab where students can examine how staff members preserve and present Holocaust history.

In order to take the tour, participants must have a phone or tablet and an appropriate Virtual Reality headset. The “virtual” aspect of the tour takes place in the app Google Expeditions, which is available on both Iphone and Android. While the app carries the Holocaust tour, it can take you to many other locations and museums as well.

The new app works in tandem with a complete lesson plan, which the Holocaust Museum offers free of charge. On their website they explain what the lesson plan entails:

In this lesson, students examine how the Museum uses artifacts and photographs from its collections to present the history of the Holocaust and memorialize its victims—including artifacts and photographs that illustrate important aspects of Holocaust history such as Torah scrolls rescued during Kristallnacht, a train car, prisoner barracks from Auschwitz, and a gas chamber model. Students also tour the Museum’s architecture and discuss what makes the Museum a living memorial. Through their exploration of the Museum’s exhibitions, students gain a greater understanding of key events and topics related to the Holocaust and are able to explain the systematic nature, scope, and consequences of the Holocaust.

The VR app allows students a 360 degree view of the museum and its exhibits. Each stop in the tour prompts the viewer to closely examine the artifacts or photographs from their collection. Teachers are provided narration as well as some general questions and answers to focus students’ attention and promote critical thinking.

If you are not part of a class and you would like to take advantage of the new app, they offer solo expeditions, for private students of history who wish to explore the Holocaust museum, but may not be able to make the trip to Washington, DC.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady saved Padre Pio from a violent demonic attack
Cerith Gardiner
9 Padre Pio quotes for when you’re feeling scared or uncertain
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.