Last Saturday, the Museu Agbar de les Aigües took part in the latest edition of the Night of Museums. Concerts by The Sick Boys, from Taller de Músics, and the visit to the Central Cornellà air-raid shelter were the main attractions during an event that, once again, filled the museum with visitors.
As part of the Night of Museums, for the second year running, visitors to the Museu Agbar de les Aigües had a chance to discover the Central Cornellà air-raid shelter. Built during the Spanish Civil War as a shelter for Aigües de Barcelona workers, this space meant work at the plant was never forced to stop during the war.
The concerts by The Sick Boys entertained visitors with a night of rock & roll and swing. The band is part of the Cabal Musical project, through which the Agbar Foundation works with Taller de Músics to provide musical training to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
As in previous years, the permanent exhibition received large numbers of visitors, not wanting to miss this opportunity to see the steam engine in operation and visit the different areas in the 1909 Catalan Art Nouveau building. This year for the first time, visitors were able to walk around the museum and talk to the characters in an interactive adventure, thanks to the ‘Origen’ app. This is an interactive game that blends real experience and fiction and lets users discover the museum in a completely new way, based on iBeacon technology and gamebooks, the interactive ‘choose your own adventure’ comics of the 21st century. In total, the museum received 1,800 visits throughout the night.
The Night of Museums is part of the International Museum Day, an event organised yearly on 18 May by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 1977, with the aim of raising public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. The topic this year was ‘Museums and Cultural Landscapes’, recognising the role museums play in education and enriching cultures, cultural exchanges and the interaction and cooperation of different peoples around the world.