Open Doors for International Museum Day

Open Doors for International Museum Day

Cuba and the world will celebrate this May 18th, the International Day of Museums, with various actions that will be extended during the month. And this Thursday, May 18th, throughout the country, will be a new day of open doors in these institutions, with free admission.

The 2017 celebrations, as always, organized by the National Cultural Heritage Council, together with national museums and provincial heritage centers, include exhibitions, conferences, specialized visits, as well as scientific workshops with the aim of raising public awareness of the Role of these institutions in social development.

These International Museum Day Days serve to recognize the systematic work of personalities who have devoted much of their lives to the conservation and protection of museum collections, to the knowledge and promotion of local history, traditions, and legacy which forms our cultural and natural heritage.

The institutions of the Office of the Historian of Havana, as in the rest of the country, have also organized an extensive program that will be concentrated between May 16th and 18th, although throughout the month there will be lectures, exhibitions and tours.

On the 18th, International Museum Day, various institutions of the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana will have a special program and announce conferences, illustrated talks, exhibitions, guided tours, film projections, among other proposals.

Among these, the House of Africa announces, at ten in the morning, the opening of the exhibition "Forbidden to forget: triumph over slavery", which illustrates Cuban and foreign sites that recall the process of slavery of African origin.

The entrance to the museums of the Office of the Historian of the City will be free and free, as in the rest of the country, on May 18th.

In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) created the International Museum Day to sensitize the public to the role of these institutions in the development of society.

Some 300 museums throughout the island, integrated in a wide network of institutions of this type, along with the nine Cuban sites declared by UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity and two expressions of traditional culture included in the select list of World Intangible Heritage, the French Tomb "The Charity of the East" and the rumba, and more than 400 National Monuments, local and protection zones throughout the archipelago, evidence the work of conservation and protection of the National Heritage.

The International Day of Museums honors the protectors of the material and intangible cultural heritage, treasure of the nations