This Presidents’ Day, you can take a step back in time and learn about our former Commanders-in-Chief thanks to a handy new feature from Google.
Google Arts and Culture has partnered with institutions, libraries and museums across the United States to deliver presidential media directly on our screens. Some of the displays are definitely catered to the history buffs, like an exhibit of significant events in the path toward American democracy. But other sections can be enjoyed by casual observers, like the gallery of presidential pets.
Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt kept a lion cub, a bear, an antelope, a wallaby and a bobcat in the White House, alongside dogs and cats? Neither did we.
Other gems that you can view include the Bush family’s favorite taco recipe, handwritten by Barbara Bush (hint: it contains Doritos) and also a walk through of Thomas Jefferson’s life from boyhood to manhood. There are 360-degree videos scattered throughout the exhibits, including the Air Force Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Library.
Speaking of 360 videos, the Google Arts and Culture app (available on iOS and Android) also lets you take virtual tours of sites like Mount Rushmore and the Lincoln Memorial, so you can feel free to nerd out from the comfort of your desk or couch.
Whatever your views are on the political state of the country, checking out these displays might give you a dose of inspiration and perspective. At the very least, you can appreciate the cuteness of furry creatures who used to reside in the White House.