Mediterranean Diet Museum Network

The Network of Museums Preserving Mediterranean Heritage

On the sidelines of the 8th intergovernmental meeting and emblematic communities held in Stari Grad on June 6 and 7, the communities decided to create a network of Mediterranean diet museums, with the signing of a specific agreement.

The Mediterranean diet museums want to be a source of intercultural dialogue, factor of participation of the population, with functions of research, conservation and enhancement of the representative of the intangible cultural heritage of the territory. These are places where the nature, the culture and the history are presented in their belonging environment, where we go beyond the simple collection of finds, and what makes the territory, where the testimonies are present as well in the physical and cultural form, in the same place as the exhibition.

Each country is represented by a single member, who is responsible for coordinating activities at the national level and collaborating with other museums on the international network. The network is also open to museums that will be established in additional iconic communities that did not join the launch of this network.

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Conviviality of Mediterranean Museums

On the occasion of the 2022 International Museum Day, the Network of the UNESCO Mediterranean Diet Emblematic Communities organized a joint initiative involving families from the local communities, to gather around virtual tables and share recipes for the future.

The collaborative event aimed to explore the potential of museums through three lenses:

  • The power of achieving sustainability
  • The power of innovating on digitalization and accessibility
  • The power of community building through education

Participants prepared meals following the Mediterranean Diet concept, and took pictures of the process, setting, ingredients, or the sharing of the meal. The photos were posted on social media, with the event hashtag #MediterraneanDietTables, and collected in local exhibitions and a commemorative booklet.