43rd International Museum Day on 17 May 2020: Free entry to the Porsche Museum – digital live tours on Instagram.
For the 43rd International Museum Day, the Porsche Museum is Stuttgart, Germany is throwing open its doors to one and all on 17 May 2020, free of charge. In line with this year‘s motto “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”, digital live tours will be available this Sunday on Instagram @porsche.museum. So fans can participate from anywhere in the world and experience how Porsche transports the ideas and values of its brand from the past into the future.
On International Museum Day, two guides will guide through the exhibition for one hour each in German and English, which currently includes more than 80 cars over 5,600 square metres. They will look at special exhibits and offer an insight into the luxury automotive company history. The digital live tours will include prototypes, small exhibits, racing cars and series production cars. Anyone who is interested can watch the first tour on Instagram which starts in German at 18:30 hrs, or the second one which starts in English at 00:00 hrs (CEST). The times have purposefully been set outside the regular opening times – true to the motto: “The museum for everyone”.
The automotive tours will also be recorded in the following languages and be available on Porsche News TV from Sunday on: Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Croatian, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish. “There is a native speaker for each of these languages in the Porsche Museum. We would like to use the videos that have live character to thank our fans around the world and to bring a bit of the Porsche Museum into their homes,” explained Stejskal.
The special promotional day is organised annually by the International Council of Museums ICOM to draw attention to the wide range of work museums do and to the thematic diversity of museums around the world. Museums throughout Germany will provide special initiatives, exhibits or a glimpse behind the scenes this Sunday. Dr Dietmar Woidke, President of the German Bundesrat, is the patron of Museum Day.
On May 12, 2020, the Porsche Museum opened its doors again.
In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the Porsche Museum (Porscheplatz 1, 70435 Stuttgart, Germany) has been closed to the public since March 14, and thus for a whole eight weeks.
The restart of museum operations is in line with the requirements of the Federal Government and the State of Baden- Württemberg for protection against infection with the coronavirus. This includes, for example, a new guidance system in the entire building to ensure a minimum distance of 1.50 m between visitors.
“We also provide face masks and disinfectants,” adds Achim Stejskal, Head of Heritage and Porsche Museum. “We carry out regular occupational safety training for staff relating to hygiene and conduct recommendations.” Throughout the museum building, the number of visitors is limited by a controlled entrance.
The opening hours remain unchanged – Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 to 18. Museum tours and didactic programs cannot be offered at the moment. The gastronomic areas will also remain closed. “We are extending the validity of the annual tickets by two months, by the duration of the museum closure during the Corona crisis”, announces Achim Stejskal.
During the closure, the Porsche Museum brought forward maintenance and renovation measures that had been planned to take place this year. Thus, a start was made on the conceptual reorientation of the entrance to the permanent exhibition, the so-called “Prologue”, which presents the early days of the company up to 1948. Due to this still ongoing renovation work, the admission price is reduced by half.