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Tech Virtual hosts International Museum Day

International Museum Day Event at The Tech VirtualOn May 18, the Tech Virtual played host to an International Museum Day (IMD) event, the first to be staged in Second Life. The museum, which in real life is based in San Jose, California, partnered with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to host the event, which focused on the theme “Museums as Agents of Social Change and Development.” The Tech and ICOM worked closely to develop a program that enabled people from around the world to interact in the virtual world, including tours and discussions hosted by curator-avatars from collaborating museums. Among those participating were visitors from France, Lebanon, and Tunisia. “While traditionally museums are known for their collections, more and more museums are taking an active key role in exploring social issues with communities to contribute to their development. International Museum Day shows that it is possible to gather together in a new way to interpret the past in light of the present to shape a better future,” said Alissandra Cummins, President of ICOM. By staging this event, she said, ICOM wanted to show how “museums can help bridge the divide between the virtual and real world through new creative interaction between museum professionals.”