Today marks the beginning of Twitter’s Museum Week, which will run from the 24th to the 30th March.
What is it? It is a virtual initiative led by Twitter that aims to connect Twitter users to artwork, culture, history and science on an international scale.
How? The participating museums and cultural institutions will all include #MuseumWeek in their tweets for the duration of the week, sharing interesting facts, pictures and videos. Each day there will be a different theme such as #AskTheCurator or #MuseumMemories. Today’s (Monday’s) theme is #dayinthelife.
Who is taking part? A large number of Europe’s museums and galleries will take part in the event. From Britain, both large and small organisations will participate, ranging from the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the V&A, to the Portsmouth City Museum, Bodelwyddan Castle and the Royal Cornwall Museum.
From further afield we can expect interesting tweets from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid), DDR Museum (Berlin), the Louvre (Paris), CAM_Casoria Contemporary Art Museum (Naples), Museo Sorolla (Madrid), Museo Storico della Città di Lecce (Lecce), Fondation Beyeler (Basel), and the National Museum of Contemporary History (Ljubljana) to name just a few.
What next? This is the first year that Twitter is organising this initiative, so if it is a success it will be even bigger and better next year. And in the meantime, if you get withdrawal symptoms by the end of the week, fear not! We have International Museum Day coming up on the 18th May, whose aim is to increase public awareness about the role of museums in society. It will be celebrated with a whole range of events, guided tours and free entry to some of your favourite museums.