In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) deemed it necessary to come up with the International Museum Day as a way of increasing the public’s awareness on the important roles that museums play in the development of the society. The museums worldwide community is set to celebrate International Museum Day that will see the National Archeological Museum in Taranto being honored.

The purpose of this event, (International Museum Day) usually is to make the public aware of the fact that, Museums are of great significance on matters culture and enhancement of rapport, teamwork, and harmony among peoples. Annually taking place on and around May 18th, the events and activities set to honor and celebrate this once-in-a-year phenomenon can last for a day, a weekend or even a whole week! Ultimately, the significance of the events of this day can be seen by the ever increasing participation of museums across the world. For instance, 2017 saw more than 36,000 museums taking part in the event, across a total 157 countries!

Celebrating its 141st anniversary this year, the National Archeological Museum in Taranto will be honored for its significant contribution to culture and the representation of universal values as a result of the nationwide character of its collections.

Being the largest and renowned museum in Italy as well as one of the world’s great museums, the National Archeological Museum boasts of Italy’s most important archeological collections and it is set to be honored will definitely set it ahead of the curve.

Offering free admissions on that day, one will be able to view the archeological artefacts close to over two hundred thousand, all predated from prehistoric times to the middle ages, with the visitors’ path following the collections arranged chronologically, starting from the 5th millennium B.C., all these located on the rooms on the mezzanine floor in the museum.

In addition, thanks to the colonization of the Gulf of Taranto by Sparta, visitors can enjoy in admiration the everyday objects in relation to Taranto’s Greeks way of worship and funerary rituals.

Also, the differences as a result of Romans arrival are evidently revealed in a series of sculptures and terracotta figurines, alongside gold objects of every type and utensils, scenes visitors to the museum shouldn’t dare miss! In addition, don’t dare miss the amazing Ori di Taranto (Golden Treasure of Taranto), which encompasses an exquisite Hellenic-era gold artwork collection.

This unique day will also see other special events taking place around Taranto as well, with a number of guided tours and free events also being hosted simultaneously at other archeological sites. On the same day, the Taranto Museum will also offer visitors the rare opportunity to learn about the history of the Roman town and how Quintus Fabius Maximus’ conquest in 209 BC was a critical moment that saw all the gems and wealth of the Tarantines taken and successfully brought to Rome.

With the International Museum Day also being about an exploration of the cultural roots, visitors will also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the wonderful Byzantine icon alongside Our Lady of Sorrows in tears. In addition, there are other close to, and over eighteen pictures that are painted in oils on canvas and are all dated between 17th and 18th century, depicting religious subjects as well as Bishop’s Ricciardi’s paintings!

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