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Bicentennial Virtual Reality Experience
Walk into scenes from UC’s history and into the future with the magic of virtual reality.

Virtual Reality Booth Locations

Click a location for map and directions.
University Pavilion
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Monday - Friday
11:00 AM -1:00 PM

Monday - Friday
11:00 AM -1:00 PM

UC Blue Ash
February and March
Monday - Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

September and October
Monday - Friday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Cutting Edge

Dr. Sabin in Lab developing vaccines

You will be whisked through time to April 9, 1959, to the laboratory of Albert Sabin, the inventor of the oral-polio vaccine. Dr. Sabin asks for assistance with experiments in order to advance the distribution of the miracle-cure, including identifying the polio virus through a microscope and preparing sugar cubes for the “Sabin Sundays” vaccination events with children.

Living, Learning, Leading

Classroom of the Future

The classroom is the iconic location of learning, and not only has the classroom experience changed over the university’s 200 years, so have the students and faculty. Become a student at the University of Cincinnati in 1819, 1919, 2019 and experience the evolution of pedagogies and classroom technologies, as well as the changing composition of the student body.

Bearcat Spirit
Boldly Bearcat


Since the adoption of the “Baehr-Cat” in 1914, the Bearcat mascot has been a symbol of pride and accomplishment as Bold Bearcats forge new futures at the University of Cincinnati. Become the Bearcat in the fall of 1924 when the James Gamble Nippert Memorial Stadium opens for the first time. Pump up the crowd before the big game, and participate in a variety of scenes to cheer UC students, faculty, staff as they boldly serve the Cincinnati community.

Diversity & Inclusion
An Ecosystem of Inclusion

Marian Spencer giving speech

Meet alumna Marian Spencer, a lifelong champion of civil rights and the first African American woman to be elected to the Cincinnati City Council. Learn more about Marian's experience as a young black student at a still-segregated campus in 1939, and work with her to construct a vibrant exhibit that recalls the university's civil rights history and commemorates the struggle to create a modern ecosystem of equity and inclusion in 2019 and beyond.

Campus on the Move
Award Winning Architecture

Overview of Campus

Evoking the joy a child feels playing with a miniature model train set, see the evolution of the University of Cincinnati’s campus in miniature, celebrating the different styles and architectures through the ages. In each model year, pick up and play with “toy” cars and other period appropriate models and details, while learning more about the history of the University of Cincinnati’s award-winning campus architecture as we dial through the past, present and future.

Please note user must sign a waiver before using the VRE and certain restrictions apply.

Visitors with the following conditions should not use virtual reality: Pacemaker; Epilepsy or related conditions; Sensitivity to motion sickness; Dizziness, inner-ear, balance, or related conditions. See the Waiver for a full list of warnings and restrictions.

The Virtual Reality Experience is brought to you by the University of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, UCSIM, and the following community partners: Pioneer Cladding & Glazing Systems, Turner Construction, Valley Interior Systems and Photo Lab Inc.