March 17, 2015 5:20 am

Canadian museums join Twitter’s #MuseumWeek

People walk in front of the Royal Ontario Museum as the sun sets in downtown Toronto, Ontario, on August 7, 2012.

Lars Hagberg / File / The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Go ahead, tweet a selfie at your favourite museum. It will be encouraged during MuseumWeek, a Twitter event that runs from March 23 to 29.

Inaugurated last year in Europe, the celebration has gone global, with museums around the world planning to tweet about their treasures and inviting visitors to post their own pictures and thoughts on various themes.

More than 55 museums across Canada, large and small, say they will participate, ranging from Science World British Columbia and the Royal Alberta Museum to the Royal Ontario Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Army Museum in Halifax Citadel.

The National Gallery of Canada “jumped at the chance” to get involved, gallery director and CEO Marc Mayer said in a press release. He called the event an opportunity to engage with Canadians “in an authentic way that not only educates but celebrates art.”

Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said she applauds Twitter “for bringing museums to the forefront of our minds through an innovative nationwide experience that reaches Canadians in all communities and makes getting involved easy and fun.”

More than 50 countries and over 1,400 museums worldwide have registered for #MuseumWeek, organizers say.



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