National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years With Virtual Reality Tours of Mount Rushmore

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary and one organization marked the centennial by giving people virtual reality tours of one of the nation's most treasured monuments -- Mount Rushmore.

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Tents skirt the pond at Constitution Gardens Saturday, Aug. 27 for activities celebrating the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.
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Visitors line up outside CyArk's tent at Constitution Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 27. Activities were set up around the pond to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
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Nora Durcan, 7, explores Mount Rushmore through CyArk's virtual reality program. CyArk is a nonprofit organization that digitally preserves and archives monuments worldwide.
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Nora walks around wearing the headset while her 3-year-old brother, Jack, also experiences virtual reality for the first time.
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Jack Durcan, 3, uses CyArk's virtual reality tools to see what sculptors used when they carved the presidents out of the stone at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
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Maeve Durcan, 5, gets a shot at the virtual reality tour of Mount Rushmore after her sister and brother.
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CyArk employees help guide those doing virtual reality by monitoring what the person is viewing on a computer.
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CyArk also set up a 3D printer at the tent to show how it uses 3D models for digital preservation.
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A 3D printed version of Mount Rushmore.
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Eleven-year-old Laure Larrimore holds a miniature 3D printed replica of a plaque in the Washington Monument while she views it with a virtual reality headset.
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A virtual reality headset.
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