Stay Home International Museum Day shifts on line amid coronavirus

International Museum Day shifts on line amid coronavirus

All events planned within the framework of celebrations for International Museum Day (May 18) and the European Night of Museums have been cancelled, as museums are closed until the end of May under measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) said on Friday.

But they noted that although Museum doors are temporarily closed to the public, their collections can still be explored online. The public can visit the websites of Museums and their pages on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook etc.) and enjoy numerous interesting posts and programmes, an official announcement said.

With the theme “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”, International Museum Day 2020 highlights the role and value of Museums in society.

Museums can be seen as cultural hubs which contribute towards social change and are in a position to cultivate and promote values, such as peace, equality, harmonious coexistence, mutual understanding and social cohesion in general. Museums can act as common points of reference between different groups. Through their permanent and periodic exhibitions and their various other events, they are in a position to highlight and celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, tackle prejudice and discrimination and promote equality.

Museums this year are therefore celebrating International Museum Day online and are inviting the public to join these celebrations from a distance, the announcement concluded.

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