If you’re interested in culture, history and art, you can’t miss International Museum Day!
It’s been celebrated every 18th of May since 1977, and is meant to raise awareness about the importance of the exchange and enrichment of all the different world cultures.
This year, the subject will be Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics.
This day is a platform to help raise public awareness on the museums role for society’s development. It provides the perfect opportunity to step outside of our busy lives and stop to value the cultural heritage of our city.
In 2017, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation: more than 36.000 museums in 156 countries, according to ICOM, the International Council of Museums.
Join this year’s initiative that focuses on the Hyperconnection in which we live in and on the new approaches and audiences towards which museums are heading to.
It will be a great opportunity to explore all the connections that tie museums to the community, cultural landscape and natural environment that surround us.
From love to art in Paris
Parisian museums are the ideal place for cultural enrichment in the most prestigious environment. In fact, French art and culture are always a good reason for a trip to Paris.
The city of fashion and love offers a range of activities to motivate and raise people’s awareness of the importance of culture.
On this day, you can enter the world of art and culture through major museums such as the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée des Arts Décoratifs or the Palais de la découverte.
A cultural world in London
As a cosmopolitan, global city, London does not lag behind and is also involved in International Museum Day once again this year.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit some of the city’s emblematic museums such as: Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, Madame Tussauds, the Science Museum, the Tate Modern, the London Transport Museum, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, and many more.
Madrid, the capital of history
Once again, Madrid is participating on this initiative, offering a range of free activities, exhibitions, open entrance and much more.
Some of the participating museums are: Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo Reina Sofía, Museo Sorolla, Museo de América, Museo de Artes Decorativas, Museo del Ferrocarril and Museo Nacional de Antropología, among others.
However, capacity is limited and, as access to most of the activities is free, it’s a good idea to get there early. That way, you’ll be sure to get in and enjoy your visit to the maximum!
Barcelona, a city of cultures
Finally, in addition to the free entrance that museums offer, Barcelona is participating with numerous events and programmes. Most of them are on for one or more days.
Some of the participating museums are: Museo Piccaso, MNAC, Fundación Miró, MACBA and Fundación Tàpies. Also CCCB and Caixa Forum would offer free entrance to their temporary exposition
On this occasion, the Museo Opisso at the Hotel Astoria is joining the initiative. You can visit the leading collection on the recognised Catalan illustrator, Ricard Opisso, where you will find many unknown Costumbrismo art pieces.
Also, the 19th of May you’re invited to explore the museum in a very special way at la Nit dels Museus.
You could also visit the Museo Egipcio, a leading museum on the Pharaohs.