As the semester continues to reach its end and finals begin to approach, it’s no surprise that students are beginning to stress and even feel like they’re drowning with work. It’s important to remember that taking breaks often during study sessions can contribute greatly to your academic performance and prevent raising health concerns such as anxiety, insomnia, or depression. There are many ways to maintain a healthy balance while studying such as relaxing, talking to some friends, or taking a nap. Another great alternative is to go sightseeing or visiting museums. It’s no surprise that pandemic restrictions have made it difficult to do these things, but don’t worry! Whether you can’t afford a trip to Mexico or Easter Island, you can still visit incredible historical sites from the comfort of your own room on these virtual platforms. Google Arts & Culture and CyArk both offer tours and 360º virtual exploration of historical sites all over the world Best of all, it’s free of charge! 

Go Out of this World

Via: Ashley McBride. Screenshot of Discovery Space Shuttle Google 360 interactive tours
Via: Ashley McBride. Screenshot of the inside of Discovery Space Shuttle Google 360 interactive tours

Are you a space exploration geek? Well you’re in luck! You can experience a 360º tour of the Discovery Space Shuttle located in the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. This tour includes an up close look of the space shuttle in full detail along with commentary from the astronauts who helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope, a unique experience that you probably couldn’t get even if you went in person! 

Go Back in Time

Via: Ashley McBride. Screenshot of Giraffatian dinosaur Google 360 interactive tours

Were you left wanting more after the last Jurassic Park film? Still stuck on The Land Before Time? Fear not! You can go to the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany and visit the remains of the Giraffatitan dinosaur and learn about how experts believed it looked and behaved in the prehistoric era.

Missed Fashion Week?

Via: Ashley McBride. Screenshot of Alexander McQueen’s Dress Google Arts & Culture

Whether you love to keep up with New York Fashion Week or you still have a thing for The Devil Wears Prada we have just the thing for you! You can learn all about Alexander McQueen’s craftsmanship and design philosophy in this tour by the British Fashion Council.

Easter Island/ Rapa Nui

Via: Ashley McBride. Screenshot of Easter Island Cyark Tours

Have you ever wanted to travel down to South America and visit ancient ruins? Take a tour on the beautiful Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, off the coast of Chile, guided by Merahi Atam. You can explore the incredible geological formations of the volcanic island and the large stone figures carved by the important ancestors of the island. 

Sea Dragon

Via: Ashley McBride. Screenshot of Rhomaleosaurus Google Arts & Culture

Are you a fan of marine life and everything involving the ocean? Sure, dolphins and sharks are cool, but have you ever learned about sea dragons? Take a quick trip to the Natural History Museum of London to learn about the prehistoric Rhomaleosaurus and how it is brought to life by how researchers believed it looked before its extinction.