With the slogan “Museums, Sustainability and Well-being”, International Museum Day 2023 is asking museums to sound out their potential to bring about a positive change in their communities.

Museums are key contributors to the well-being and the sustainable development of our communities and to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 by establishing initiatives to foster the environmental responsibility, health and well-being of their patrons. A number of the goals have been singled out this year:

  • Goal 3. Global health and well-being. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, in particular concerning mental health and social isolation, are intrinsic to the goals of museum institutions. In its inclusive programme, the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum seeks to act as a useful instrument for people with mental and intellectual limitations and people risking social exclusion, and for professional staff working with them, developing this potential as a tool that may be applied to improve health and well-being in these groups.

  • Goal 13. Climate action. Museums are strategic partners in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, and as key agents in their local communities they make a contribution to a wide range of objectives. For several years the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum has been working on awareness and education programmes for the general public concerning responsible culture and consumption to help eradicate some extremely adverse effects on the environment of fashion and excess consumption.

We are asking our community to take part in the activities organised by the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum for this year's International Museum Day:


The Museum is offering free admittance to the ongoing exhibitions “Balenciaga. Character” and “Sketches from the House of Balenciaga (1943-1964)” on 18 May, from 11:00 to 18:30 h. No booking required.

20 MAY (10:00-11:00 h). YOGA AT THE MUSEUM.

The arts connect emotion and thought and, like Yoga, produce paths to create awareness. This initiative seeks to foster the health and well-being of participants in a space for tranquillity, reflection and self-knowledge. Free* activity with pre-booking.

20 AND 21 MAY (11:00-14:00 h). PRINT-BOTANICAL WORKSHOP.

This workshop, open to those visiting the Museum, offers a course in botanical stamping and staining techniques to create natural fabrics using leaves, flowers, bark and/or stalks. Free* activity with no pre-booking. 


Further information and bookings:
T. 943 00 88 40
*Participation in the activity(-ies) described does not include admittance to the museum's exhibitions.