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Day to celebrate cultural heritage

THE INTERNATIONAL Council of Museums declared May 18 to be the Day of Museums and Slovakia is playing a full part. The celebration seeks to make people more aware of the role museums and galleries play in preserving cultural heritage.

On the occasion of the International Day of Museums, Bratislava museums and galleries - the Slovak National Museum, Bratislava City Museum, the Transportation Museum, the Slovak National Gallery and the Bratislava City Gallery - are declaring May 21 to be the Night of Museums and Galleries. On that day, from 10:00 to 22:00 the public can visit the institutions' exhibitions and specially prepared events for a lower entrance fee. Bratislava castle will bring history to life with a fencing group at 18:00. A night tour, full of the castle's sprits, starts at 21:30.
photo: TASR

THE INTERNATIONAL Council of Museums declared May 18 to be the Day of Museums and Slovakia is playing a full part. The celebration seeks to make people more aware of the role museums and galleries play in preserving cultural heritage.

Many institutions are cancelling or lowering entrance fees on that day as well as opening up previously unseen archives in a bid to attract visitors.

On the day itself, special drama productions, in-depth as well as light-hearted lectures and displays of fencing matches will be put on to entertain visitors.

Slovak museums are marking the International Day of Museums with several events designed to represent the rich cultural heritage they guard within their walls.

Various activities will be held across the country and jointly presented within the framework of the Slovak Museums Festival in the Liptov Village Museum in Pribylina, near Liptovský Mikuláš on May 18 itself.

The event, the first of its kind in Slovakia, will start at 10:00. It will exhibit the work of particular museums in the museum's open-air area. Organizers will also announce the results of the second annual national Museum of the Year competition.

Ten museums have already met the criteria to enter the competition's two categories. One is for specialized museums and galleries that operate on a national level and the other is for regional museums and galleries.

Entrants in the first category include the SNP Museum in Banská Bystrica, the Literary and Music Museum in Banská Bystrica, the SNM-Bojnice Museum, the Slovak Technical Museum in Košice, and the Museum in Svätý Anton. In the second category are the Orava Museum of Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav in Dolný Kubín, the Kežmarok Museum, the Little-Carpathian Museum in Pezinok, the Záhorské Museum in Skalica, and the Ľubovnianske Museum in Stará Ľubovňa.

All the museums are competing in two further categories - creating and protecting the best exhibitions, and public accessibility. The results of the competition will be announced on the festive day.

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