Project ID 505GLO4000

The project aims at designing the first virtual immersive reality museum of stolen cultural objects at a global scale. It will contribute to raising awareness among general public to the consequences of illicit trafficking of cultural property and contribute to the recovery of stolen objects. Visitors will be able to explore virtually spaces as in a real museum and get access to educational digital materials. The museum will also include stories and testimonies from local communities. It will be conducted jointly by UNESCO and INTERPOL in collaboration with other key technical partners and local communities.

  • On-going

USD 2,500,000

Total Project Budget


Total Incurred Expenditures


Start Date 2023.06.01
End Date 2025.06.01
Benchmark as of 2023.06.30

Geographical Scope and Beneficiaries

Country Allocation


Financial plan

Type of Funding Uses of Funding Sources of Funding Project Budget (USD) Incurred Expenditures (USD)
Voluntary Contribution - Tightly Earmarked Culture Saudi Arabia 2,500,000 -

Project contributes to

Contribution to UNESCO Results Framework 2022-2025
Sector: Culture
Outcome 5 - Enhance the protection and promotion of the diversity of heritage and cultural expressions Output: 5.CLT2 - Member States capacities strengthened to fight the illicit trafficking of cultural property and promote its return and restitution, to protect underwater cultural heritage and to promote the role of museums for societies
Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals
  • 5%
  • 20%
  • 35%
UNESCO Global Priorities and Priority Groups
  • Gender Equality | 10%
  • Youth | 10%
  • Priority Africa | 30%
  • Small Island Developing States | 30%