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Federal Agency for Tourism and St. Petersburg Presidential Library to establish virtual museum of the Arctic
© RIA Novosti. Valeriy Melnikov

Federal Agency for Tourism and St. Petersburg Presidential Library to establish virtual museum of the Arctic

The Yeltsin Presidential Library in St. Petersburg and the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rosturizm) plan to establish a virtual museum of the Arctic which will feature the history of North Pole exploration and offer virtual tours in the Arctic region, TASS reported on June 18.

The initiative was mentioned by the library's deputy general director Valentin Sidorin at a conference on international cooperation in the Arctic, held as part of the 2016 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

"Using our archives, we can create a virtual museum of the Arctic, a multimedia interactive resource which will unite historical documents, videos, photos and contemporary information about the region. The resource will also offer virtual tours around the Arctic," Sidorin said.

The museum will use the electronic resources of the Presidential Library, information materials from Rosturizm, archives from research institutes, and materials that will come directly from the regions in the north. To provide communication with Arctic institutions, the library plans to offer reading rooms and access to its electronic resources in various Arctic communities, which will also allow for easy updates to enhance the museum's collection.