O International Museum Day it is celebrated on May 18, coinciding with the date of reopening of museums, under the supervision of the Regional Directorate for Culture of the North, after temporary closure to the public in a context of state of emergency and contingency due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
To mark the date and symbolism of the occasion, free admission to all Museums under the supervision of the Regional Directorate for Northern Culture was determined on May 18, 2020 (Museu do Abade de Baçal, in Bragança; Museu de Alberto Sampaio and Paço dos Duques, in Guimarães; Terra de Miranda Museum, in Miranda do Douro; D. Diogo de Sousa Museum and Biscainhos Museum, in Braga; and Lamego Museum).
The International Museum Day was created, in 1977, by ICOM - International Council of Museums, in order to contribute, with society, to a reflection on the role of Museums in its development.
In 2020, with the objective of promoting diversity and inclusion in cultural institutions, ICOM presents the theme "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion".
Despite the constraints imposed by the current situation, and taking into account their social role, museums can significantly encourage diversity and inclusion, developing meaningful experiences for people from all backgrounds.
The Regional Directorate of Culture of the North and its affectionate museums will celebrate the anniversary, through various online initiatives, but also inviting visitors to return to the museums.
Thus, the first visitor to each museum will be presented with an offer that translates into a symbolic gesture of welcome.
Respecting the general guidelines of the General Directorate of Health and the specific rules determined by each museum, visitors must comply with the rules of social distance (minimum distance of two linear meters for anyone other than their coexistence), and respiratory label, being mask is mandatory.