Turkish people visited over 800,000 times the virtual museums in the country during a period when museum buildings are closed to visitors as part of measures to mitigate the spread of novel coronavirus.

Some 13 large museums in Turkey have been visited 810,410 times online during the lockdown, the authorities from Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry told Anadolu Agency.

The ministry launched the virtual museum application late March as COVID-19 outbreak also affected the culture and art life in the country, said the officials.

The museums, which host millions of rare works of culture and arts, were made available

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