The museums of the National University of Colombia (UNAL) in Bogotá will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, opening their doors to those who wish to participate in this commemoration.
Under the central theme of “Museums, sustainability and well-being”, the International Council of Museums highlights the importance of these institutions as agents of positive change in society. Museums have the capacity to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, addressing issues such as climate action, social inclusion, mental health and the fight against isolation, among others.
UNAL museums are learning spaces that allow people to understand their environment and acquire knowledge through various forms of interaction, such as observation, exhibitions, conferences, and games. These museums play a critical role in preserving and protecting objects and experiences, giving visitors access to a wellspring of imagination, wisdom, intelligence, and emotion.
The Natural History Museum will exhibit a sample of the diversity of Colombian fauna, including emblematic species such as the Andean condor, the páramo tapir, and the Orinoco alligator. Visitors will be able to enjoy interactive exhibits with augmented reality, touch screens and mechanical interaction.
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The Science and Play Museum will offer 40 interactive science-related displays such as spinning chairs, giant bubbles and distorting mirrors. For its part, the National Astronomical Observatory will provide guided tours of the astronomical observation laboratories and a conference entitled “An astronomical journey through Colombia.”
Admission to the UNAL University City will be free and does not require prior registration. The gates of streets 53 (for vehicles) and 45, street 26 (for pedestrians), as well as carrera 45 (for pedestrians and vehicles), will be enabled for access.
In addition, in the Cloister of San Agustín, visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibitions “The witness, memories of the Colombian armed conflict in the lens and voice of Jesús Abad Colorado” and “Forest Mind, on the interconnection of life” by Ursula biemann.
This celebration of International Museum Day at the UNAL museums promises to be a unique opportunity for children, youth, and adults to enjoy a day full of learning, fun, and reflection on sustainability and well-being.