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The Smithsonian Just Released a VR App of “Wonder,” and It’s Beautiful

Going to the museum just got lazier.
The Smithsonian Just Released a VR App of “Wonder,” and It’s Beautiful
Screenshot from “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360"

From the most Instagrammed exhibit in Smithsonian history comes its first virtual reality app and It. Is. Beautiful. The Renwick Gallery’s “Wonder” exhibit, which closed in July, has been re-opened for anyone who’s got a smart phone and Google Cardboard.

The app, which is free for Apple and Android devices, “represents a whole new way of sharing art with the public,” said Sara Snyder, the chief of the museum’s technology office, in a press release. So, if the line that stretched all the way to the White House deterred you from visiting, here’s a second chance at experiencing “Wonder.”

And, if you were feeling smug because the buzz surrounding “Wonder” finally convinced you to actually go to a museum instead of just talking about going, I’m sorry. Me too. The silver lining is that if museums keep making apps this compelling, we’ll never have to go again.

Screenshot from “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360"
Screenshot from “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360″
Screenshot from “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360"
Screenshot from “Renwick Gallery WONDER 360″

 

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Amanda joined Washingtonian in January 2016. She has written about Maryland brewery Flying Dog’s First Amendment fight, pored over Hillary Clinton’s emails, and come clean about owning too much stuff. She lives on H Street.