Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums

Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums

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If you’re interested in culture, history and art, don’t miss International Museum Day!

Since 1977, it has been held around the world on 18 May and serves to raise awareness about the importance of exchange and enrichment of the world’s cultures.

This year, the subject will be Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums.



Louvre Paris

From love to art

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 for International Museum Day, motivating and raising 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.



National History Museum - London

On the banks of the River Thames

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: 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.



Prado Museum - Madrid

History in a capital

Once again, Madrid is participating in International Museum Day, 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!



MNAC Barcelona

A city of cultures

Finally, in addition to the free entrance that museums offer, Barcelona is participating in International Museum Day with numerous events and programmes. Most of them are on for one or more days. You can find out more here.


Opisso Museum - Astoria Hotel


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, in which you will find many unknown Costumbrismo works of art. You could also visit the Museo Egipci, a leading museum on the Pharaohs.


Museu Egipci


International Museum Day is a platform that helps us to better understand the current challenges of museums in the development of society at international level. It provides an opportunity to step outside of our busy daily lives and stop to consider the cultural heritage of our city.

These recent years, International Museum Day has been experiencing its highest involution with almost 30,000 museums that organised activities in more than 120 countries,” according to ICOM, the International Council of Museums.


Join the initiative that is focused this year on contested histories, which are not well-known or are misunderstood, but affect us all. It will be a great opportunity to encourage us to think beyond our experiences and understand a little more about the society that surrounds us.


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