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Museum day is Sunday

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On Sunday, May 22nd, more than 120 museums in Saxony participate in this year’s International Museum Day. They’re luring visitors in with an exciting and versatile program besides their permanent exhibitions. With special tours, workshops, lectures, parties and a look behind the scenes, museums provide an insight into their work.

Museum admission is free for Museumstag.

There will be various activities for young and older alike to experience in and around Leipzig.

Here are some of the highlights:

– The Naturkundemuseum will hold a photo showcase of the botany department’s research;

– The GedenkstƤtte Museum in der “Runden Ecke” offers a walking tour entitled “On the Footsteps of the Peaceful Revolution;”

– The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Leipzig’s Grassi Museum encourage visitors in a tandem guide and workshop to deal with the issue of Islam. Here the motto is: “Ask me About Islam;”

– Other tours at the Mendelssohn Haus, the Museum fĆ¼r Druckkunst, the Saxon Psychiatriemuseum, the German KleingƤrtnermuseum and the Galerie fĆ¼r Zeitgenƶssische Kunst.

Social media campaign

On Museumstag, visitors are invited to digitally capture their favorite museum objects, to sketch what they see, and to complement their visit with a small creative act instead of the obligatory coffee. The resulting digital artwork can then be shared on social networking sites under the hashtag #PaintMuseum. It will be tweeted and publicized internationally. Of course, submissions are also possible via email to mitmachen@museumstag.de.

International Museum Day

Established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the International Museum Day draws attention to museums’ importance and diversity. This year’s motto is “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.” In Germany, Museumstag will be endorsed by Sparkasse, in close cooperation with federal- and state-level museum organizations and counseling centers.

All participating museums and their events can be found at www.museumstag.de.

By Stadt Leipzig, translation by Ana Ribeiro

Other free museum admission days throughout the year in Leipzig…

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