Virtual and augmented reality

Discover CERN in virtual reality on a VR Cardboard or other VR devices.

VR Cardboard


  1. Make sure you have the YouTube application installed on your smartphone

    Download it for iOS or Android.
  2. Assemble your VR cardboard as described below

    CERN VR cardboard instructions
  3. Open this page with your phone ( or scan the QR code on the VR cardboard
  4. Select one of the virtual reality clips below and make sure it opens in the YouTube application and not in the browser 
  5. Click on the VR icon at the bottom-right - video should now be displayed in 2 parallel squares, separated by a line
    Google Cardboard
  6. Play the video
  7. Place your phone in the VR cardboard in order to have the line on VR cardboard aligned with the line separating the video
  8. Close VR cardboard to secure your smartphone but always keep it in your hands
  9. Enjoy the VR experience!
Other VR devices


  1. Open a web browser in your favorite VR device
  2. Access this page:
  3. Select any of the videos below
  4. Enjoy the VR experience

Virtual Reality clips available

CMS in Virtual Reality

Discover the LHC and CMS in 360
Duration : 2:25

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is a general-purpose detector at the LHC.

Also available In German

CERN Data Centre

LHC and Grid Computing
Duration: 2:11

Live the challenge of analysing petabytes of data with more than half a million processor cores and go to places few persons are allowed.

Also available in German


ALICE upgrade 360

ALICE upgrade in 360°
Duration: 11:34

Discover how physicists and engineers upgrade the ALICE detector between two campaigns of collisions


CMS upgrade in 360°

CMS upgrade in 360°
Duration: 16:46

Discover how physicists and engineers upgrade the CMS detector between two campaigns of collisions.


LHC upgrade in 360°

LHC upgrade in 360°
Duration: 1:26

Discover how physicists and engineers upgrade the Large Hadron Collider between two campaigns of collisions.


ATLAS Tour 360°

ATLAS 360° tour in less than 10 minutes
Duration: 8:43

Explore the ATLAS Experiment at #CERN in this short 360° guided tour with particle physicist Dr. Sascha Mehlhase!