UNESCO plans a virtual museum of stolen objects

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UNESCO hopes that the virtual museum will help put the subject of illicit trafficking of cultural property at the heart of the international agenda and strengthen advocacy for the return of looted objects.

In its first phase, the interactive museum, which will be unveiled in mid-2025, will feature about 600 works of art on the list of Interpol, the international police organisation.

On its website, UNESCO writes that the virtual museum project “will contribute to raising awareness among general public to the consequences of illicit trafficking of cultural property and contribute to the recovery of stolen objects. Visitors will be able to explore virtually spaces as in a real museum and get access to educational digital materials. The museum will also include stories and testimonies from local communities.”