Last updated: 10:30 AM ET, Mon March 23 2015

Share Your Top Experiences During 2015's #MuseumWeek

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | March 23, 2015

Share Your Top Experiences During 2015's #MuseumWeek

PHOTO: New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Courtesy of MTA)

If you plan on visiting a museum or art gallery this week, don't forget your smartphone.

Monday signals the start of 2015's #MuseumWeek, a seven-day social media event in which visitors and museums alike are encouraged to take the conversation worldwide.

Last year's #MuseumWeek saw more than 600 European museums participate, but the Twitter-based hashtag campaign is set to go global.

"The scope of participating organizations has expanded significantly, with more than 1,800 participating museums from over 58 countries, including several of the leading museums in the U.S.," said Twitter's vice president of North America media Kirstine Stewart via Mashable's Jessica Plautz

One of those leading U.S. museums is New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

"We're excited to work with Twitter on #MuseumWeek this year," said Taylor Newby, social media manager at The Met. "We're looking forward to sharing some secrets from paintings conservation on Monday, archival photographs from The Met's history on Wednesday and much more."

"It's very important for The Met to have visitors share their experience at the Museum through social media," added Newby. "Visitors sharing their experience through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and other social channels provides wonderful word of mouth for our collection, exhibitions, and events and programs."

Each day features a different theme and a corresponding hashtag for users to include in their various social media posts on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Here's the complete breakdown of this week's themes and hashtags:

Monday: Secrets, #secretsMW

Tuesday: Souvenirs, #souvenirsMW

Wednesday: Architecture, #architectureMW

Thursday: Inspiration, #inspirationMW

Friday: Family, #familyMW

Saturday: Favorites, #favMW

Sunday: Poses, #poseMW

London's Courtauld Gallery revealed one of the more fascinating secrets in celebration of #MuseumWeek on Monday: 

Meanwhile, The British Museum revealed a secret collection:

Whether it's an old coffee mug you bought from a gift shop years ago or a selfie from last year, even those travelers who can't make it to a museum this week will be able to join the conversation.  


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