This year’s International Museum Day, which is celebrated on the 18th of May, features the theme “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”, in an allusion to the relationship that can be created between the visitor of a given museum and the displayed collections.
On this day the museums are free, and it is possible to visit their exhibitions and works and participate in initiatives prepared exclusively for this commemorative day. The opening hours are also extended so that more visitors have the opportunity to visit the museums.
Some of the museums of the Region adhere to the “European Museums Night”, one of the most popular and anticipated initiatives, allowing visitors to enjoy the institutions’ cultural offerings in an unique timetable.
Museums include MUDAS. CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, CALHETA MADEIRA
Designed by architect Paulo David, Mudas.Contemporary Art Museum, has received international awards for its architecture and seamless integration into the landscape and hosts various exhibitions, musical performances, plays and lectures.
Mudas.Contemporary Art Museum is located in Calheta Municipality in the west of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, just over 30 minutes from Funchal.
Its museological and artistic collection was transferred from the S. Tiago Fort , in Funchal, totalling 400 pieces, spanning from the 60s to the present day.
This facility has a construction area of about 12,000 m² and was built as an extension to the existing Calheta Culture House, where the “Gallery” currently operates.
The Mudas.Contemporary Art Museum includes an exhibition area, auditorium, library, shop, cafeteria, restaurant and a large area for cultural activities and artistic studios and workshops and an underground car park with a capacity for 92 cars.
The building was designed to create a sober and pleasant environment, providing views from the inside, over the sea and the surrounding hills, with breath taking landscapes.
The mission of this cultural entity is to raise public awareness of and interest in the arts in general and contemporary art in particular, promoting lifelong learning and education through art.