The International Museum Day is celebrated every year on May 18th and is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The day was established in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since.
Greece’s museums, which reopened just last Friday after being on lockdown for six months, are celebrating International Museum Day on Tuesday, opening their doors to the public free of charge.
“This year’s celebration of International Museum Day coincides with the reopening of Culture and the opening of museums throughout the country from May 14. Last year we were forced to celebrate International Day only digitally. This year, the big celebration of museums has a special meaning,” said Greece’s Minister of Culture and Sports.
While there are strict limits on the number of visitors allowed into museums at once (and all visitors are required to wear a mask), some museums are still finding ways to host special events – either physical or online.
The Greek branch of ICOM on the occasion of the bicentenary of the Greek Revolution (1821), chose the National Historical Museum as the honoured museum for 2021. The Museum’s collections, as well as its anniversary activities, are an occasion for reflection of the country’s history with a view to the future.
National Historical Museum
The digital tour of the anniversary exhibition “REVOLUTION ’21“, illuminates, through stories of 80 items, invisible aspects of the Revolution. In addition, the 360° tour gives the user the feeling that they are physically there in the exhibition. The exhibition takes place in the framework of the “Initiative 1821-2021”, with the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and with the technological support of the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH).
The Acropolis Museum participates in the digital celebration of the International Museum Day organized by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and dedicated to the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine“.
The museum will be open from 10.00 to 18.00 on Tuesday, with free admission to all permanent exhibition areas, have announced that archeologists will be answering questions at their newest space – the archaeological excavation site beneath the building.
The Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology are hosting virtual events in Greek, designed for the whole family, free and via zoom. At 18.00, there will be an hour-long interactive tour of the museum, centered around the inventions of Archimedes.