The Gibraltar Museum & International Museum Day 2017
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Few Places in our world are more interesting & educational than Museums! After all, where else could we hope to see so many pieces of actual history, that tell so many stories about our ancestors? From prehistoric spears to Egyptian mummies, from ancient Greek Sculptures to medieval Armour, from the first radio to the first planes used in World War II…. Museums do really have it all !!!!
The International Councils of Museums (ICOM) created the International Museum day in 1977. The Organisation choose a different theme for the day every year. In 2017 the theme chosen was Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums
Every year since 1977,all of the museums in the world are invited to participate in this day to promote the role of museums around the world they can do this by organising enjoyable free activities based on the year’s theme. So most museums in the world are free on or around the 18th May every day.
In 2009 over 20,000 museums took part in more than 90 countries, the day has become so popular over the years that in 2012 over 30,000 museums took part in more than 129 countries.
There is no better way to celebrate Museum Day than to take a trip to a nearby Museum. I took myself off to The Gibraltar Museum and was very pleasantly surprised.
The Gibraltar Museum opened its doors for their 16th annual Open Day on Saturday 20th May, 2017, from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. As in other years the open day was aimed to coincide as closely as possible with International Museum Day (18th May).
International Museum Day has been celebrated in Gibraltar since 2002 in the form of an open day which continues to increase in popularity. The Open Day had plenty of activities this year, primarily aimed at young people, but also for adults to enjoy.
Last year saw the refurbishment of the Museum’s ground floor which is now dedicated to the Neanderthals and fauna of Gibraltar, So it was great to explore the new galleries…..and the Open day was FREE all day.
The staff at the Gibraltar Museum are always on hand to answer any questions so if you find you a little extra time on your day trip to Gibraltar try and pop in to The Gibraltar Museum which is located near Main Street in Bomb House Lane. Entrance Fee is £2 per adult and opens from 10am-6pm weekdays and 10am-2pm on Saturdays, closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays
The Museum is housed in an historic building, parts of which date back to the 14th century.Part of the Ground Floor and Garden are accessible for wheelchairs.
The first floor Galleries (and toilet facilities) and the Moorish Baths in the basement are only accessible currently by stairs.
I am happy to say that the children seemed to enjoy the treasure hunt, fancy dress and arts & crafts activities whilst the Adults happily looked on or took the chance to have a browse and see the new exhibits. A fantastic effort by The Gibraltar Museum Staff and supporters. Well done to all envolved !