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UNESCO Has Teamed Up With Interpol to Build a Virtual Museum of Stolen Cultural Artifacts

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—more commonly known as UNESCO—is creating a virtual museum of stolen cultural objects.

“The project aims at designing the first virtual immersive reality museum of stolen cultural objects at a global scale. It will contribute to raising awareness among the general public to the consequences of illicit trafficking of cultural property and contribute to the recovery of stolen objects,” reads a statement on UNESCO’s website.

The agency is collaborating with Interpol and other partners for the $2.5 million online museum. Funding for the project’s first phase comes from Saudi Arabia.

The museum was announced in September 2022 but the agency held a meeting last week with a first look at the schematic design by Francis Kéré, a native of Burkina Faso and winner of the 2022 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

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