International Museum Day and Night of Museums Must See Events

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May 20, 2016

International Museum Day is the dream of every art aficionado around the world. Visiting museums at night is a special experience, so different from the usual museum adventures we know you love. The celebration of art institutions began around the 18th of May 2016, and will go on for quite some time in various cities and towns around the globe. The theme of this year’s festival is "Museums and Cultural Landscapes", which is a theme of the General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) as well, held in Milan in Italy from July 3rd to July 9th. The goal of this fantastic museum holiday is to raise awareness of the importance of museums as “means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”. Each year, it is organized on and around May 18th, and often lasts for more than a whole week! The growing popularity of museums can be seen through the statistics of 2015, when over 35,000 museums participated in the celebration in over 145 countries. We have decided to make a selection of only a few events that you should definitely go to, so scroll down for more info on them.

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Exhibitions and Museums at Night You Must See: Greece and Spain

For all our Greek readers and world travelers who may want to spend some time in the ancient city of Athens, make sure you don’t miss the fun-tastic event hosted by the Museum of Greek Children’s Art and discover the cultural landscapes of Athens on a map designed by children. All the artworks have been made by 12-14 year-old kids, so if you are a family person and want to take your children out for a fun day, be there at 11 AM.

Flying over to lovely Spain, the NMAC foundation is organizing an open free day for visitors and a dance intervention entitled IMANTADOS, directed by the choreographer Charo Cruz on May 21st at 12 PM, in the charming town of Vejer de la Frontera. In Barcelona, Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, on May 21st and May 22nd is organizing an event starting at 7 PM when the visitors will get the chance to walk through the Botanical Garden and enjoy the jazz concert by the Free Time Band from 9 PM and 11 PM. Make sure you bring the flashlight as the lights will not be turned on to complete the museums at night experience!

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Exhibitions and Museums at Night You Must See: France and the USA

In Paris, Musée d’Orsay is celebrating the Museum Night by welcoming the group The Amazing Keystone Big Band, comprised of seventeen jazzmen who will be revisiting the art of 1848-1914 in their unique style. The museum is open until midnight on May 21st, and after 6 PM it will waive ticket fees to the Douanier Rousseau exhibition and their collections.

In the United States, on May 25th from 10 AM until 3 PM, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson is hosting an event in celebration of the International Museum Day. The visitors will get the opportunity to enjoy the works of Ansel Adams, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mark Klett, and many others. They will investigate the theme of Museums and Cultural Landscapes through the works of great artists and find just how the museums are protecting the heritage of the society.

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International Museum Day is Celebrating Art

Now, we have chosen a small selection of events that we are sure you will enjoy. However, the International Museum Day and events regarding museums at night are numerous, and impossible to list in one article. Each country and each city have their own cultural heritage, artists, and amazing artworks in the collections of the museums. Various exhibitions and events worth the attention are happening, thus offering something beautiful and culturally valuable in the time of instant entertainment we are living in. The museum celebration is inspiring the society to peel its eyes away from the TV and go offline even for just one night and experience true art and have fun in a different way than usual. Kids, teenagers, adults, and the elderly – they can all find something that will spark their interest and creativity, so be a part of this fantastic museum holiday and visit one of the places near you.

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