The Ministry of Communications and Works (Department of Antiquities) announces that within the framework of the European Night of Museums, (Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of May 2010) the following events will take place:
Saturday 15th May 2010
(1 Museum Street, Nicosia, tel.: 22865864, www.mcw.gov.cy/da)
The Cyprus Museum will be open to the public from 7 pm – 11 pm and entry will be free of charge. Guided tours by Archaeological Officers will take place at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
In Rooms IV, VIII and XII of the Cyprus Museum there will be viewings of documentaries on the history and archaeology of Cyprus.
In addition, there will be a presentation of Cyprus postage stamps and Euro coins that depict Cypriot antiquities.
From 9pm until 11pm a reception will be held with live music in the gardens of the Cyprus Museum where there will also be an artistic installation (the cocktail is kindly offered by the Friends of the Cyprus Museum-Nicosia branch).
Sunday 16th May 2010
Ethnological Museum (The Hadjgeorgakis Kornesios Mansion)
(20 Patriarchou Gregoriou Street, old Nicosia)
8.30pm –10.00pm: Concert with 18th and 19th century eastern classical music in the gardens of the Mansion. Free entry.
2010 marks the sixth anniversary of the “European Night of Museums”, which is held this year under the auspices of the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The event will be combined with International Museum Day, organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) on the 18th of May 2009. Since 2005, when the concept of the “European Night of Museums” was first introduced, the programme effectively united all European museums around a specific subject each year and has been encouraging a diverse public, especially young people, to visit museums and enjoy their collections. More than 2500 museums of modern art, ethnography, archaeology, history and science in over 40 European countries have participated in the “European Night of Museums” with various theatrical, film, dance and musical performances and exhibitions, bringing the public closer to museums.
Since 2006, the Department of Antiquities has actively taken part in the celebrations of the European Night of Museums with a variety of events. The Department’s long-term aim is to gradually increase the number of state museums that take part in these events.