Wargaming said that World of Warships, its free online naval combat game, will host the largest online exhibition of naval museums ever.

The event will be broadcast on International Museum Day (May 18), from 4:40 am to 10:00 pm PDT, through the game channels on Twitch, YouTube and Steam.

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Wargaming, developer and publisher of World of Warships (WoWS), a free-to-play online naval combat game, is pleased to unveil the Longest Night of Museums. This is a global showcase that will feature 15 historical and naval museums from around the world.

Watch virtual tours of participating museums and ask questions of historians on International Museum Day, May 18, 2021, through a free 17-hour content-packed stream starting at 4:40 am PDT on the channels of the World of Warships and World of Warships: Legends on YouTube, Twitch and Steam.

Museums and historic sites have been impacted by the pandemic, and with travel and tourism still largely restricted, digital activities are vital for these organizations to maintain a connection with the public and continue to preserve the world’s naval heritage.

The Longest Night of Museums brings together museums from around the world, starting in Japan with the Mikasa Warship Historic Memorial, then moving on to Australia, Taiwan and Europe, with a trip to the National Museum of the UK Royal Navy and the Maritiman, in Sweden, and ending up in North America with a visit to Pearl Harbor.

During the broadcast, viewers will be able to follow the exclusive virtual tours, which will be conducted live directly from these iconic historic sites, as well as witness the questions and answers that will be given to museum guides and historians. Finally, the public will be able to participate in quizzes related to the featured museums and receive rewards from World of Warships. Twitch drops and platform containers will also be available to the audience.

Wargaming has also partnered with Verizon, which will introduce its new AR (Augmented Reality) experience for Warship Museums for the first time; and with the History Channel, which will feature documentary content during streaming, showing some of the greatest naval events in history.

“Naval museums around the world hold a wealth of knowledge and important lessons from history that, unfortunately, became virtually inaccessible last year. We at Wargaming know that each of them has a unique story to tell and we want to shed light to bring them to our broad audience of history enthusiasts,” says Marko Valentic, Global Public Relations Manager at Wargaming. “We are thrilled that so many museums have decided to join in and celebrate International Museum Day with World of Warships and World of Warships: Legends.”

With the largest fleet of accurately represented historic ships available for play, World of Warships is proud to support the global community of museums and historic sites. The game has more than 400 ships available to play, most of them recreated based on historical documents and real projects from the first half of the 20th century. Since the launch of the game in 2015 and the console version (Legends) in 2019, 50 million player accounts have been registered.