Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry will expand the "Virtual Museum" project for a total of 376 museum and archaeological sites in 73 provinces. The "Virtual Museum" will allow people to take a tour in the museum with a 360-degree panoramic view and options to zoom in and out for detailed looking.
The practice will enable access to the museums and archaeological sites in Turkey for people around the world. The ministry will install software that will allow virtual touring at 30 museums and sites including the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Ethnography Museum in Ankara, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the ancient city of Ephesus in İzmir and the ancient city of Gordion in Ankara, Cappadocia and the Sümela Monastery in Trabzon.
The Virtual Museum project has been initiated for certain sites and will soon be integrated to all museums and sites in Turkey. All "Virtual Museums" will be accessed via a link on the official website of the Culture and Tourism Ministry. The website will also offer visitors a chance to search the museums and sites they want to visit. The information on the artifacts displayed on the museums, those who contribute to the museums, announcements and latest news will also be featured on it.
Those who take the virtual tour via their computers will be able to leave comments on the E-Museum Visitor's Book and share their expectations and views on the Virtual Museum project. The Virtual Museum application is featured in the 2017 program of the government's culture program.