International Museum Day takes place on 18 May

Barcelona’s museums celebrate International Museum Day

On 18 May, most of the city’s museums will take part in an open day.

Organised by the International Committee of Museums (ICOM), International Museum Day has been held on 18 May every year since 1977. And practically all of Barcelona’s museum take part in the form of an open day with free admission to their premises. This included all of the city’s publically owned museums, of course, as well as a large number of private institutions and even museums that are usually closed on 18 May or only open for a short time, such as the MUHBA Vil·la Joana, which will be open from 10am to 7pm.

Some museums will be offering special activities and one example is the Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC), which will be screening the documentary film Dar Grosse Museum by Johannes Holzhausen at 6.30pm. The city’s Botanical Gardens (JBB) will be organising guided visits limited to 12 people per group, while the Frederic Marès Museum will be teaming up with the LOOP Festival to screen two videos in honour of the festival of experimental videos held as part of the La Mercè festival back in 1984.

The aim of International Museum Day is to raise public awareness of the role that museums play in the development of our societies. In line with this, the theme chosen for 2017 is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums".

So, this year’s Night at the museums is an excellent way to explore all that Barcelona’s museums have to offer. You find more detailed information at the following link.

Publication date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017
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