International Museums Day

IMD (International Museum Day) is a global day celebration that takes place annually around or on 18 May. ICOM (International Council of Museums) coordinates this event. The event always highlights a theme that keeps changing each year that’s at the heart of the preoccupations of the international museum community. The International Museum Day gives the chance for professionals of museums to meet people and inform them about the challenges museums face.

Following museums’ definition that ICOM provides, a museum is a permanent, non-profit institution that is in the service of society as well as its development. It’s open to the public to acquire, conserve, research, communicate and exhibit the humanity tangible and intangible heritage plus its environment for enjoyment, study and education purposes. Therefore, IMD serves as a platform for raising public awareness on the part museums play today in the improvement of society, on an international level.

Each year since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day, which represents a unique moment for the international museum community.

The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on 18 May each year or around this date, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week. IMD was celebrated for the first time 40 years ago. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.


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