Museums from now on

Portuguese museums activities during the confinement

At the beginning of the pandemic crisis, the Portuguese Government decreed a state of emergency, which was very restrictive in terms of mobility, forcing all workers in activities considered non-essential to remain at home. For this reason, due to confinement, most museums and, in particular, the smaller ones, simply closed and did not maintain any type of communication activity with the public.  Others were limited to disseminating virtual visits or videos of the museum space.

On the other hand, some of the main museums tried to maintain an open communication channel, through social networks, more flexible than institutional websites. In general, these actions were carried out by the directors and the curatorial team.

Anísio Franco (with the camera) and Joaquim Caetano, respectively subdirector and director of the National Museum of Ancient Art, during the recording of the videos “Despite the distance, art is a bridge that unites us”
Photo: Daniel Rocha, 2020
Frame from “Despite the distance, art is a bridge that unites us”

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Dia dos museus, sob o signo da igualdade, do direito à diferença e do dever de inclusão

18 de maio é, desde 1977, o dia em que se celebra os museus os museus e promover a sua relevância na sociedade, enquanto espaços de memória, onde se preserva, estuda, expõe, interpreta e divulga o património da Humanidade.

Cada ano, o Conselho Internacional de Museus (International Council of Museums – ICOM), organização internacional não governamental responsável pela definição da política museológica, propõe um tema com a intenção de reforçar os laços com a comunidade e de sensibilizar o grande público para o papel que desempenham na sociedade e no seu desenvolvimento. Segundo o ICOM, o objetivo do Dia Internacional dos Museus (IMD) é consciencializar para o facto de que “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples” (ICOM, 2020).

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