As happens every year, International Museum Day will be celebrated on the forthcoming 18th of May. The initiative is promoted by ICOM – the International Council of Museums.
In Portugal, museums will be marking the event by organising an array of initiatives and activities intended to let people see a different side of the museums they visit. This is an opportunity to visit areas of the museums that are normally open only to staff and to which access is restricted. Other activities include guided tours, workshops and ateliers for all ages.
The event also incorporates the European Museum Night initiative on the 21st of May. Many museums will be taking part by staying open later than usual so that visitors can see their collections at a time when the museums would normally have closed for the night. There will be a range of activities organised especially for the occasion.
Every year, International Museum Day is dedicated to a different theme. The theme for 2016 is Museums and Cultural Landscapes. It is hoped that this will encourage people to see museums as centres that actively help safeguard cultural landscapes, contributing to their conservation, enhancement and enrichment. This contribution can take a number of different forms, in particular through the interpretation of the heritage, places and landscapes in which the museums are located, as well as by passing on knowledge about these aspects to visitors.
The programme for Portugal can be found online at: