08 May 2019
Museums as Cultural Platforms – Museums and Citizenship
On 18 May, Portuguese museums will be commemorating International Museum Day and Night of Museums with a varied programme of activities throughout the day that are well worth taking advantage of.
The theme proposed for reflection in 2019 is “Museums as Cultural Platforms – Museums and Citizenship”. The idea is to draw attention to the importance of the global reach of museums as part of a worldwide network of knowledge, and to the importance of museums as focal points of the communities to which they belong.
In a society subject to constant change, museums are cultural platforms which, in addition to their mission of collecting, preserving, communicating, researching and exhibiting, should offer visitors the chance to create, share and interact. One way or another, they have become a reflection of the local needs and opinions of the people for a global context.
On Museum Day, which this year falls on a Saturday, a great many activities will be organized. They include guided tours, historical re-enactments, performances and shows which will be extended into the Night of Museums, to provide a visit experience with a difference, outside the usual hours.
Check the full programme at http://w3.patrimoniocultural.pt/museus2019/public/ and keep up with the latest announcements on the International Museum Day’s special Facebook page - www.facebook.com/Dia.Internacional.dos.Museus