#MuseumWeek – Connecting people to art, culture, history and science in 140 characters

Twitter teams up with hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK and Europe for the first ever #MuseumWeek later on this month. Aim of the project is to connect the social network’s users with artwork, culture, history and science in new and interactive ways.

#MuseumWeek will take place from Monday 24th March to Sunday 30th March and promises Twitter users “direct and unparalleled access to some of Europe’s leading museums and the people behind them in 140-characters bursts.”

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Some of the participating museums: British Museum (@britishmuseum), Natural History Museum (@NHM_London), Victoria and Albert Museum (@V_and_A) and Tate (@Tate)

The Science Museum (@sciencemuseum), the Natural History Museum (@NHM_London), the Victoria and Albert Museum (@V_and_A), the British Museum (@britishmuseum) and Tate (@Tate) as well as some of the smaller or more specialist museums like the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire (@RoaldDahlMuseum), Cumbria’s Pencil Museum (@PencilMuseum), Pembrokeshire’s Tenby Museum and Art Gallery (@TenbyMuseum) and the Time and Tide Museum (@timetidemuseum) in Great Yarmouth are just some of the UK establishments that have signed up so far.

They will all use the hashtag #MuseumWeek in their Tweets for the week and in addition, every day there will be a different theme including #MuseumSelfies, #AskTheCurator and #MuseumMemories.

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Hampton Court Palace is part of the Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_Palaces)

Some museums and galleries will also run their own projects during the week. For example, Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_Palaces) will be giving users a unique insight into a day in the life of Henry VIII and hosting a live Q & A with the former monarch on Monday 24th March between 8 and 9pm.

It is hoped #MuseumWeek will offer real-time, behind-the-scenes look at organisations across Europe and the UK.

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