International Museum Day
I can already hear my British readers who, thanks to lottery funding, can enter all the big museums in the UK without paying, expressing surprise about the headline. Well, here in Spain, as in most other countries, getting a slice of art, history and culture does come at a cost.
So, when all the museums in Mallorca that belong to the network coordinated by the Consell de Mallorca celebrate the International Day of Museums on 18th May, one of the main attractions will be free entry!
Now you may think that going into a museum or art gallery is wasting precious sunshine hours when you could be roasting on a beach, but it's a great chance to cool off, give your skin a break and soak up some culture.
As well as getting in free, there'll be all kinds of special activities in the museums for about a week (depends on which and when) which include; guided tours, educational and family workshops, theatrical performances, opening of exhibitions, micro-theatre, youth and family gymkhana.
Now I know the very mention of the word museum conjures up images of a few coins stuck in a display case but here in Mallorca there are so many interesting things to see – guns in the military museum, the fabulous Arabic water storage tank in Es Baluard, Miro's mummified cat in his former house, and my favourite, Goodyear welted shoes in the Inca shoe museum, to name just a few.
So here, shamelessly copied and pasted from another source are the places you can visit;
Misericordia Cultural Center, the Museum of Mallorca, the Bellver Castle, the Krekovic Museum, the Museum of the Footwear and Industry in Inca, the Archaeological Museum of Son Fornés, the Museum of History of Manacor, the House Llorenç Villalonga. Literary Museum, Father Ginard House. Museum of the Word and the House Blai Bonet. Poetry Center, the Miró Mallorca Foundation, the Es Baluard Museum, the Sa Nostra Culture Center, the Historical Military Museum of San Carlos, the Juan March Foundation Museum, the Palau March Museum, the Palace Real de la Almudaina, the Caixaforum Palma, the Biblical Museum, Can Balaguer, the Sa Bassa Blanca Museum, the Monographic Museum of Pollentia, the Archive and Museum of Education of the Balearic Islands, the Coll Bardolet Foundation, the Public Antoni M Alcover, the Balearic Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museum of Pollença, the Cartuja de Valldemossa, the Cell of Frederich Chopin and George Sand, Can Prunera Modernist Museum and the Sea Museum of Sóller-Maritime Museum of Mallorca.
If you are really interested and understand a bit of Spanish, you can get lots more information on Twitter by following the hashtag #DIM19Mallorca