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18May

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY - EVENTS IN GREECE

In Greece there are organized interesting lectures and tours.



The International Museum Day is organized worldwide, every year since 1977, around the 18th of May. It is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). On this day, the ICOM choose a specific theme which is the heart of all the events and activities that the museums around the world are planning for these days. The theme for 2017 is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums“. This year, ICOM wants to point out that museums are not only very important means of culture but also means of awareness about the need for a society to adopt new ways of living which they take care of the environment and the nature! Let’s highlight that in 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries! Every year, Greece participates in this international event and celebrates this day with free admission to museums and archaeological sites!
The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” 
 

Especially in Athens there are organized interesting lectures and tours at the  Museum of the Ancient Agora, at the museum of Athens, at the Foundation of the Hellenic World.
Also there are organized events that include even yoga classes at the Industrial Gas Museum! For the kids there are many experiential and visual educational programs but also a museum…sleepover at the Museum of Asia Minor Hellenism "Philio Hayidemenou".

The Athletic and Youth Culture Organization of the City of Athens participates in the celebration of the International Museum Day, expanding the opening hours of its Museums on Thursday 18 May from 9 am Until 9 pm, offering free admission.


Apart from the tours at the permanent exhibitions at the Dodecanese House "Vasilis & Irini Moskovi" (Dodoni 119, Sepolia, 210 5151541), at the Eleftherios Venizelos Museum (free tours from 10 am to 1 pm, Freedom Park , 210 7224238), at the Digital Museum of Plato (open until 8 pm, Monastirio and Creounos 1, 210 5142138) and in the Municipal Art Gallery (Leonidou & Myllerou, Metaxourgeio, 2105202420 - 21) "Melina" Center (66A Herakleidon and Thessaloniki, 2103452150) an educational program is organized on the occasion of the collection "Itinerary of Old Athens” (10am and 1pm), while at the Folk Art and Tradition Museum "Angeliki Chatzimichali" (6 Angeliki Chatzimichali, Plaka, 2103243972, 2103243987), events are taking place under the title "Archimonix Hatzimichalis in the years of German Occupation ".

Honored Museum for 2017: Municipal Museum of the Kalavrita Holocaust

Ιn the rest of Greece the museums participate as well offering free entrance. The city of Kalavrita is standing out as the Municipal Museum of the “Kalavritan Holocaust Member of Icom” was chosen to be honored from the greek part of the International Council of Museums with a special event on Friday 19th of May at 7 pm .

The museum was founded in 1986 and is housed in the primary school of the city, a listed building constructed in 1906 by a donation of the Greek benefactor Andreas Sygros. The Museum constitutes the main symbol of the city and safeguards a large number of documents and artefacts, associated with the events of the Holocaust of December 13, 1943, in Kalavrita, chronicling the lives and destinies of the locals.

Here you can find all the museums in Greece.

Official Website: http://network.icom.museum/international-museum-day/

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