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Museums celebrate their day

MAY 18 has been known as the International Day of Museums since 1977. The purpose of this designation is to remind people of the important role museums play in protecting the cultural heritage.
On this day, museums and galleries all around Slovakia will hold special cultural events and performances, and the usually-closed archives and restorer's workshops will be open to the public. In addition, admission to many of the museums is usually free of charge.
This year's celebration, which falls on a Sunday, will be bigger than previous years because 2003 is the Year of Cultural Heritage and it is also taking place during the Month of Cultural Heritage (April 18 to May 18).


LEVICE Castle will celebrate on May 15 from 9:00 to 13:00.
photo:TASR

MAY 18 has been known as the International Day of Museums since 1977. The purpose of this designation is to remind people of the important role museums play in protecting the cultural heritage.

On this day, museums and galleries all around Slovakia will hold special cultural events and performances, and the usually-closed archives and restorer's workshops will be open to the public. In addition, admission to many of the museums is usually free of charge.

This year's celebration, which falls on a Sunday, will be bigger than previous years because 2003 is the Year of Cultural Heritage and it is also taking place during the Month of Cultural Heritage (April 18 to May 18).

Fencers and craftsmen will be demonstrating their skills at castles, chateaux, and in the courtyards of some museums. A fencing performance will be held a day earlier, on May 17, at Bratislava Castle. On May 16, art restoration experts will give a demonstration in the Golden Hall of Bojnice Castle.

Open-air museums have also prepared special activities for that day. The Museum of Ukrainian-Ruthenian culture in Svidník will hold a folk programme in which a maypole will be erected. In the Museum of the Slovak Village in Martin, craftsmen will present traditional Slovak products.

The open-air Museum of Kysuce Village in Nová Bystrica near Čadca will hold its celebration on May 24. It will include a screening of documentaries about the museum's antique steam locomotive train, which will be transporting people while local folk bands are playing.

On May 18, museums will fight for visitors' attention by offering a variety of activities, such as classes on how to distinguish the gender of flies using a microscope (Andrej Kmeť Museum in Martin). At the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava visitors will see a scale designed to be used in space. A postal stamp of Ludwig van Beethoven will be unveiled at the manor house in Dolná Krúpa, accompanied by a concert of his music starting at 15:00. Visitors to Červený Kameň castle near Modra will have a chance to explore the castle's torture chamber and tower for free that day.

- Zuzana Habšudová

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