International Museum Day Is Coming. This Interactive World Map Shows What's Happening in Your Area

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On Saturday, May 18, museums around the world are hosting special events for International Museum Day 2019. To see which institutions in your area are participating, check out the interactive map below.

The International Council of Museums has organized a day to celebrate the cultural importance of museums every year since 1977. Museums can mark International Museum Day with longer hours, discounted admission fees, and special tours and exhibits. While some museums observe the day only on May 18, others make it a week-long event.

Every International Museum Day has a different theme, and this year's theme is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition." In France, over 1000 museums will stay open late on May 18, and in Egypt, museums will be free all day. Museum-goers in the U.S. will be able to find events at places like the Penn Museum in Philadelphia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The International Council of Museums organized the interactive map below to keep track of which museums are participating. Only institutions that have submitted their own information are included, so if your favorite museum isn't on the map, it's still worth getting in touch with them to ask if they're doing something special for the day.

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You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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