July 14, 2024

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Free entry to museums on May 18, with excursions and activities

International Museum Day is celebrated annually on May 18th. This means that tomorrow, Saturday, admission to museums across the country will be free. On this day, a number of events will take place here, such as exhibitions and educational programs.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM), in an effort to highlight the role of museums in modern society, has designated 18 May as International Museum Day since 1977. The message is to museums became agents of cultural exchange “in order to strengthen education, promote mutual understanding, peace and cooperation between peoples”.

This year's theme is “Museums for Education and Research”. This is the choice of ICOM, which, according to the announcement, wishes to highlight museums as important confluence of education and research, where innovation meets tradition, covering a very wide area, from art and history to science and technology. Therefore, museums can make significant contributions to our understanding of the world.

The Board of Directors of the Greek section of ICOM, appreciating the scientific and educational work carried out Museum of Modern Greek Culture, decided to elevate it to the rank of “honorary museum for 2024.” The gala event will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 19:00 in the conference room of the Museum of Contemporary Greek Culture, 10 Areos Street, Athens. The museum will host a series of tours and other events that day, with free admission to the public (registration required).

IN Throughout May, museums and other cultural institutions will host exhibitions, educational programs and other events throughout Greece (see on the website).

In a statement, the Greek department said “museums, as dynamic cultural and educational institutions, have the potential to cultivate and develop curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, providing the public with a comprehensive knowledge experience.”

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