Wargaming, developer and publisher of the widely popular, free to play naval combat game World of Warships (WoWS) is pleased to reveal the Longest Night of Museums. The global showcase will feature 15 different historical and naval museums from around the globe. Join virtual museum tours and live Q&As with the historians on International Museum Day, 18th May 2021 with over 17 hours of content available to watch for free starting at 07:40 UTC. The Longest Night of Museums will be streamed live on World of Warships and World of Warships: Legends YouTube and Twitch channels and on Steam.
Museums and historic sites have felt the brunt of the pandemic, and with travel and tourism still largely restricted digital activities are vital for these organisations to maintain a connection with the public, and continue to bring the world’s naval heritage to life. Longest Night of Museums brings together museums from around the world starting in Japan with Mikasa Historic Memorial Warship, traveling across Australia and Taiwan to Europe with a trip to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the UK and Maritiman in Sweden, ending in North America with a visit to Pearl Harbor. For a full list of all museums involved and event times please see here.
“It’s a real treat to be part of the Longest Night of Museums.” said Nick Hewitt, Head of Collections and Research from National Museum of the Royal Navy. “It’s a brilliant opportunity for the National Museum of the Royal Navy to showcase the stories we tell about the ships, boats, aircraft and objects we care for to a truly global audience and encourage people to come visit our sites when they are able!”
During the livestream, viewers will be able to get live and exclusive virtual tours of these iconic historic sites, with in-depth Q&As with guides and historians from the museums. In addition, viewers will be able to take part in quizzes related to the featured museums and win World of Warships prizes. Twitch drops and Twitch containers will also be available for viewers.
Wargaming also partnered with Verizon who will present their brand-new Museum of Warships AR experience for the first time, and the History Channel who will present documentary content during the stream showcasing some of the biggest naval events in history.
“Naval museums around the world keep a wealth of knowledge and important lessons from history, which were unfortunately largely inaccessible for the past year. We in Wargaming know that each museum has a unique story to tell, and we want to shed some light and bring them to our wide audience of history enthusiasts,” said Marko Valentic, Global Product PR Manager from Wargaming. “We’re thrilled that so many museums decided to join and celebrate International Museum Day with World of Warships and World of Warships: Legends.”
World of Warships has the largest collection of historically accurate ships available to play, and is proud to support the global community of museums and heritage sites. The game has over 400 ships available to play, most of them designed based on historical documents and actual blueprints from the first half of the 20th century. Since the launch of World of Warships in 2015 and World of Warships: Legends in 2019, 50 million player accounts have been recorded.
The Longest Night of Museums takes place on May 18th from 07:40 UTC to 01:00 UTC the following day. The event is completely free to watch. To watch the global tour visit:
For more information and to view the full event timings, please see here.
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