James Monroe’s Highland

ARtGlass powered augmented reality tours launching to bring history to life at the official residence of fifth President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, from 1799 to 1823.

Highland is the first historic site in the United States to offer augmented reality (AR) tours using smart glasses developed by Epson, providing a hands-free experience. Public beta testing begins Feb. 5, allowing ticketed guests to experience the augmented reality tour at no additional charge. Guests who participate in the beta testing will be asked to complete a short survey about their experience. Visitors enjoying the AR tour will roam through augmented environments, mostly outdoors, while 3D reconstructions, animated characters, videos, pictures, and text appear on the Highland landscape. The Highland AR experience will immerse visitors in never-before-seen content including conversations between historic Highland residents, 3D archaeological excavations, and architectural renderings. Content for the AR tour was developed from three years of research at the Monroes’ Albemarle County, Virginia property and features the latest discoveries at the site.

Highland offers tours each day, hosts community and private events, and features a robust museum shop including a Virginia Artisans Room. Tickets are $14. (Tours before 10 AM Memorial Day through Labor Day: $10.00). Ages 6-11 are $8,

Our Museum Shop features a new line of books, Monroe memorabilia, and early nineteenth century style keepsakes. We also sell Virginia-made foods such as honey and hickory syrup.

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