The Game and the Museums

For a few years, when I had the time and availability to observe what the museums in Lisbon were producing that were relevant, I visited an exhibition organized by the Sports Museum, curated by its Director Pedro Cardoso Pereira, where he proposed an exhibition based on this approach. of the “GAME in Sport”
It was then an experimental narrative, on a topic that, as we all know, is of great social relevance. The game is present in the daily lives of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest, from schools to leisure, exalted as a virtue or punished as a vice.
As we all know, in our decaying museums, which are serious institutions, play is absent, and therefore museums are not places to play.
But, let us imagine thinking of the Museum as a game space. Like a canvas where, for a defined time, and in a certain space, a story is created: A place where a special activity is practiced
The game is a representation of social life limited in space and time. It is processed according to previously defined rules. It has real and imaginary norms. Cheating is not allowed, nor is it allowed to change the rules halfway through.
The Game is a representation of Freedom!
Does a reflection on the place of the Game in Museums make sense?
I have stayed with the subject under my eye and have been working on the issue. But as with everything else, nothing better than practicing:
Saturday, November 13: Family Games Afternoon –
15:00 – 18:00 Anagrama – Av. Berlin 35 C Lisbon
Education and Diversity Museum

“The limitation in space is even more blatant than the limitation in time. Every game is processed and exists within a previously delimited field, in a material or imaginary, deliberate or spontaneous way. Just as there is no formal difference between the game and the cult, so the ‘sacred place’ cannot be formally distinguished from the game’s terrain. The arena, the game table, the magic circle, the temple, the stage, the screen, the tennis court, the court, etc., all have the form and function of playing grounds, that is, forbidden, isolated places. , closed, sacred, within which certain rules are respected. All of them are temporary worlds within the habitual world, dedicated to the practice of a special activity (Jhoan Huizing, Homo Ludens, 2014, p. 13).

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Pedro Pereira Leite (2021, 12 Novembro). The Game and the Museums. Museum on Education and Diversity. Recuperado em 19 de Junho de 2024, de

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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