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 – including the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.
Join virtual museum tours and live Q&As with the historians on International Museum Day, Tuesday 18 May 2021 with more than 17 hours of content available to watch for free, starting at 6pm AEST.
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 to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Australia, to 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.
Head of Learning at the Australian National Maritime Museum Peter Tattersall said it was great to be a part of a global initiative that celebrates the important role maritime museums play in educating current and future generations about naval history.
“The Australian National Maritime Museum is committed to sharing the country’s maritime history and connecting stories, objects, people, and places that are part of Australia’s heritage,” Mr Tattersall said.
“Through the Longest Night of Museums, we can extend from a local audience to a global audience, showcasing Australia’s unique maritime history and significant historical vessels such as the HMAS Vampire.”
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.
Global Product PR Manager from Wargaming Marko Valentic said naval museums around the world kept 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,” he said.
“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 more than 400 ships available to play, most of them designed and 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 Tuesday 18 May from 6pm AEST to Wednesday 19 May at 11am AEST.