XXVII– “Something is going wrong in the Kingdom of Denmark” (The Place of Portugal’s Museums in the World XI)

Today is the International Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (
“Something is going wrong in the Kingdom of Denmark” wrote William Shakespeare in Hamlet at the end of the 16th century. (In the original: «Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Then the character returned to the state of the Kingdom: the corruption, the betrayal, the revenge and the murders that took place then in that peninsula of the northwest of Europe).
Years later, the poet O’Neill wrote, “In the Kingdom of Denmark”. What will be in common between the two works? Anything. Only in this poem written in 1958 it was written “a goodbye Portuguese”.
On May 18, DIM 2020 was celebrated with the theme Museum for Equality: Inclusion and Diversity. Strange that today, in the “world of museums”, no one has remembered to evoke the ephemeris. Something is wrong in the Kingdom of Denmark!
How to resolve the aristocratic nature inherent in Portuguese museums so that – in addition to the solemn proclamations on the generic principles generated in conventional processes, they develop a practice of dialogue and innovation with society?

Por Pedro Pereira Leite

Pedro Pereira Leite:
Guest Professor at Lusophone University where he is a member of the executive board of the UNITWIN Chair of UNESCO "Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity" (2018-2022). He has been a professor in the PhD and Master's programs in Museology since 2011. He is currently promoting the installation of the MED Museum of Global Education and Cultural Diversity, a program to include local knowledge and memories to create sustainable communities.
He is Member of the Direction of the International Movement for a New Museology (MINOM / ICOM). Integrates the member bodies of ICOM Portugal (2014 - 2020). He is part of several research networks and has collaborated with the UNESCO School Network and the Educating Cities Network in Portugal. It develops research activity in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and in Mozambique.
It maintains the research book Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity ( and Social Museology and Ecomuseus in Portugal (
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