International Museum Day 2019 "Museums as nodes of culture: the future of tradition"

International Museum Day 2019 "Museums as nodes of culture: the future of tradition"

Start Date:  17 May 2019

End Date:  18 May 2019

On 18th May the International Museum Day is celebrated around the world. For 2019, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has chosen the topic “Museums as nodes of culture: the future of tradition”.

With the choice, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) seeks to demonstrate that Museums, apart from protecting and promoting the cultural heritage, have nowadays become the focal points of communication between peoples and cultures. They develop collaborations and create networks for the exchange of ideas and experiences. Preserving with respect historical memory and tradition, they seek new orientations to inspire modern man and serve his needs. In this context, the Museums with their multi-faceted actions try to meet the challenges of modern society and achieve the difficult balance between heritage and innovation, contributing to the building of a better future.

The Museum of Byzantine Culture, participating in the action, has developed on the floors of the White Tower an exhibition, which presents the life of the Thessalonians over time, based on new technologies. The White Tower, the Ottoman monument-landmark of Thessaloniki, functions as an ark of the collective memory and multiculturalism of the city. The site outside the monument is the most common meeting place for the people of Thessaloniki; it is a place for social gatherings and teenage appointments, meetings after the triumph or defeat of football clubs or for organizing rallies. It is the starting point or the climax of getting acquainted with the city. Inside, the exhibition, exploiting mainly new, innovative technologies, illustrates the history of Thessaloniki, illuminating various social and political events, movements, tendencies and transitions, creating an intense experience to the visitor.

Friday 17 May 2019 10:00 and 12:00
Thematic guided tours through the White Tower exhibition, focusing on the use of new technologies on a first come first served basis. Reservations at 2310-267832.
Free entrance.
On 18 May, International Museum Day, the entrance to the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the White Tower is free.
Free entrance to the events.