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Museum Week

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Museum Week is a global event that takes place during one week each year with the participation of museums, associations, and cultural institutions.[1]

Museum Week started in 2014 with a collaboration of twelve French museums wishing to expand their audience.[2] Each year the event promotes a different international cause.[3][4]

In 2015, the second year, Museum Week became a trending global cultural event on Twitter.[5][6]


Institutions open their doors both virtually and physically. On Twitter, they use seven hashtags (including the hashtag #MuseumWeek), using a different hashtag each day for a week (see table below).[7] Launched in 2014 on Twitter, Museum Week brought together almost 700 European institutions on Twitter in the first year.[8][9]

In 2015, the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie organized an event asking one question: "What is the cultural heritage of our time that will be passed on to future generations?" In response, the institution set out to archive all Tweets featuring the word #MuseumWeek in a time capsule. With a size of 60 × 30 × 28.6 cm and a weight of 30 kilos, the capsule is composed of acrylic, glass, carbon fibre, and metal. Sealed on March 29, 2015 at midnight, it will not be opened before 2035 and contains information for future generations about our way of life and our consumption of art in 2015.[10]

The 4th event took place in 2017 on new platforms: Instagram, Snapchat, the Chinese social network Weibo, and the Russian network Vkontakte. The event is organized by the association Culture for Causes Network. Each year, MuseumWeek promotes a different theme.

The 2017 MuseumWeek mobilized 2,200 institutions, museums, libraries, galleries in 2016 and expanded to 75 countries in 2017.[11] Almost 5,000 institutions participated in 2018, in 120 countries .[12]

In 2019, MuseumWeek, used the hashtag #WomenInCulture[13] to highlight the place of women in culture in the past, present, and future.[14] Among the events was one in Paris with the artist Adelaide Damoah at the Cite nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration and in New York at Michele Mariaud Gallery with Laurence de Valmy.[15][16]

In 2020, Museum Week partnered with MTArt Agency founded by Marine Tanguy to promote the event.[17]

In 2021 Museum Week is from June 7-13. Unesco is among their partners.

Year Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
24–30 March
#CoulissesMW #QuizzMW #LoveMW #ImagineMW #QuestionMW #ArchiMW #CreaMW
23–29 March
#SecretsMW #SouvenirsMW #ArchitectureMW #InspirationMW #FamilyMW #FavMW #PoseMW
28 March – 3 April
#SecretsMW #PeopleMW #ArchitectureMW #HeritageMW #FutureMW #ZoomMW #LoveMW
19–25 June
#FoodMW #SportsMW #MusicMW #StoriesMW #BooksMW #TravelsMW #HeritageMW
23–29 April
#WomenMW #CityMW #HeritageMW #ProfessionsMW #KidsMW #NatureMW #DifferenceMW
13–19 May
#WomenInCulture #SecretsMW #PlayMW #RainbowMW #ExploreMW #PhotoMW #FriendsMW
11–17 May
#HeroesMW #CultureInQuarantineMW #TogetherMW #MuseumMomentsMW #ClimateMW #TechnologyMW #DreamsMW

7–13 June

#OnceUponAtimeMW #BehindTheScenesMW #ChildrensEyesMW #EurekaMW #CaptionThisMW ArtIsEverywhereMW #WordsForTheFutureMW



  1. ^ Jardonnet, Emmanuelle (2016-04-07). "La #MuseumWeek résumée en quelques tweets". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  2. ^ "MuseumWeek, une semaine d'échanges avec les musées – Ministère de la Culture". www.culture.gouv.fr (in French). Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  3. ^ "#MuseumWeek: Celebrating Digital Museum Work in the Age of COVID-19". American Alliance of Museums. 2020-05-01. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  4. ^ Caines, Matthew (2014-03-28). "Museum Week UK – live blog". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  5. ^ "#MuseumWeek 2015 : Fleur Pellerin, ministre de la Culture, et Dick Costolo, CEO de Twitter, présentent le 1er événement culturel mondial sur Twitter". blog.twitter.com (in French). Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  6. ^ "#MuseumWeek : la plus grande opération culturelle sur Twitter". Les Inrocks (in French). Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  7. ^ "#MuseumWeek : une semaine pour découvrir les musées sur Twitter". France Bleu (in French). 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  8. ^ Guugémos, Alexia (2014-04-04). "MuseumWeek 2014 entre dans l'histoire du web social : Twitter US salue l'initiative française". Le Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  9. ^ "Museum Week Kicks Off With Even More Reasons to Get Virtual Culture". ArtfixDaily. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  10. ^ Plowy, Didier (2015-03-13). "Report on the press conference for the launch of #MuseumWeek 2015 – Museum Week 2018". English. Sorbonne University. Archived from the original on 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  11. ^ Bas Lorant, Quentin (2017-06-25). "La #MuseumWeek s'étend à 75 pays". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  12. ^ "MuseumWeek 2018". Centre des monuments nationaux (in French). Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  13. ^ "Début de la Museum Week : à vos Hashtags ! | Arts in the City" (in French). 13 May 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  14. ^ "This Week in Scientific History – #MuseumWeek". Varsity Online. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  15. ^ "BLOG - MuseumWeek 2019: le premier événement culturel mondial lance le mouvement #WomeninCulture". Le Huffington Post (in French). 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  16. ^ "Le mouvement #WomenInCulture s'invite à New York à partir du 13 mai". lepetitjournal.com (in French). Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  17. ^ "Interview with Marine Tanguy, founder of MTArt Agency". Artsper | Buy Original Art Online - Artworks: Paintings, Photos and More. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  18. ^ "Hashtag on Instagram". 19 September 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-25.

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