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How virtual reality is about to take you to Pearl Harbor and the Berlin Wall

December 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Brian Fung / The Washington Post

If you're like most Americans, you probably learned about Pearl Harbor from a textbook or by watching a film about the surprise attack in 1941 against U.S. naval forces.

But now, visitors to a Washington-area museum can experience a measure of what it was really like to be at the scene.

Standing amid the wreckage of burned-out trucks and a downed Japanese fighter plane, they can gaze up at the sinking U.S.S. West Virginia as thick, black smoke curls its way slowly across the sun. They can listen to the lapping of oil-choked waters against the shore and hear muffled explosions in the distance. They can even be transported to a typical American home the day after the attack and hear President Roosevelt address the nation while they leaf through that week's newsmagazines and hang ornaments on a Christmas tree.

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