It has been more than two years since one of the two buildings of the Ethnological Museum in Prishtina is not accessible to visitors. The monument, which for several years was the most visited in Kosovo, had been left out of the tourist map due to the mismanagement of institutions.
The complex, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, has been returned to visitors. But now in a different format. The virtual one. A walk in these buildings can be done online thanks to the project “Virtual Walking”, implemented in 2016. And, at a time when some cities in Kosovo are in quarantine due to measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus COVID19, in this form “Eminxhiku” is aiming to break the distance with visitors.
Even this museum, since March 13, has closed the functional part due to the ban on cultural activities. But now the project conceived and developed by Petrit Ibrahimi has been brought to attention. Through 360-degree views, the project enables virtual visitors to click on artifacts and learn more about them, while background sounds and museum-installed sounds within the “Haptic Space” project by Anyla Berisha bring an experience of special, reports KOHA.
Access to it is easy: just visit the official page “Ethnological Museum – Ethnological Museum, Prishtina” on Facebook and follow the link posted on their wall. Virtual walking has several possibilities: inside the men’s room, visitors can click on a lute to learn that it belongs to the twentieth century and originates from the Rugova region, and at the same time hear the sounds of the lute in the background. They can also see the jublet standing in the hallway.
Her black colors indicate that it was clothing only for married or elderly women. Visitors can learn this detail from the description presented in this space, where there are also two rifles hanging on the wall, produced in Prizren in 1878, during the period of the League of Prizren. There are no other spaces left behind, where visitors can explore this part of the heritage. Ethnologist Bekim Xhemili from the Ethnological Museum said that they have decided to bring back to the attention of visitors the project “Virtual Walking”, to stay close during these days of self-isolation.
“Considering that other museums and galleries around the world have started with such virtual visits, we have also seen the need to place this project on the museum’s website, even though it is not our project but that of CHwB. , realized in 2016 “, he said.
Earlier, according to him, the same project was not promoted by the museum, as it was not seen as something necessary. He said that then people had the opportunity to see the exhibition, although a year after the realization of the project the main exhibition is closed due to restorations. “It is a good thing because in fact the object of the XIX century is the main exhibition, ‘Life in Kosovo from the XV-XVI centuries to the XX century’, the life cycle is presented and it is very good as it is accompanied by music and information and people can to see him staying at home “, he said./koha.net/