White House and Google Launch Virtual Tour

First lady Jill Biden speaks during a media preview Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, ahead of Wednesday’s State Dinner with Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

The White House and Google launch a new virtual tour with audio captions, Spanish translation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can’t come to Washington? Couldn’t get a ticket to tour the White House? Don’t worry.

The White House, Google Maps, and Google Arts & Culture launched a new virtual tour of the famous mansion on Friday, which is also National Civics Day.

With a computer or smartphone, users will be able to see all of the rooms that they would have seen had they been able to go on a public tour of the building.

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“Not everyone can make the trip to Washington, D.C., to tour the White House, so she’s bringing the White House to them,” Alexander said.

The tour is the first Google virtual tour of the White House to include audio captions for people with disabilities. The captions are narrated by White House social secretary Carlos Elizondo and pop up on the screen to offer viewers historical information on each of the rooms.

It is also Google’s first virtual tour of the White House to have a Spanish translation.

The tour opens with a brief video of President Joe Biden and the First Lady welcoming visitors, the same message that plays at the White House Visitors Center for those who visit in person. Made by Google Arts & Culture’s storytelling tool.

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