Two days to book on your calendar! 18th and 20th of May. The first day is the International Museum Day with free entrance in museums, palaces and monuments everywhere in the country. 20th of May is reserved to free entrances in museums at night.
The International Museum Day was launched by ICOM – International Council of Museums, a non governmental organization, with a formal link to UNESCO. This year the main theme is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”, a reflection on the relationship between museums and communities and the society in general. On 18th of May all museums, monuments and palaces managed by DGPC (Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage ) have free entrance.
On 19th of May, already doing a training the Museum’s Night, the Museum of Popular Art in Belém will be opened from 6 p.m and on the 20th of May the museums, palaces and monuments will be opened at that hour and during the night with free entrance, except for the Christ Convent in Tomar, Batalha Monastery, Jerónimos Monastery, Conímbriga Museum, National Pantheon, Belém Tower which are closed at the regular schedule.
The European Museum Night will occur on 20th of May and it is an initiative created by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France and which has been followed by many Portuguese museums for several years. There will be held many initiatives. In the Arte Antia Museum, for example, it will be exhibit to the public the sculpture of Arcanjo São Miguel, which was thrown down last November by a visitant. Celebrating the return of this piece, it is set a show organized by the Circus School of Chapitô, at 21h30. The referred piece belonged to the São Patrício College where it is the school nowadays.
The National Museum of Theater and Dancing will be the stage to a ballet at 10 p.m., with the participation of the National Ballet Company and with the choreography by Catarina Câmara. The show has a suggestive title: ‘’Princes, Heroines, Impossible Loves and Other Hauntings’’. Still as a dancing theme, if you visit the Coches Museum, you will learn how to dance if you were at a royal court. Event organizes by ‘’Pé de Dança’’ at 9 p.m.
In the Azulejos Museum you will find ‘’show cooking’’ sessions from 6 pm, organized by the Tourism and Hospitality Professional School of Lisbon.
Other initiatives you may find here.