International Museum Day

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2023 DateMay 18, 2023
2024 DateMay 18, 2024

International Museum Day

International Museum Day History

International Museum Day seeks to raise awareness about museums. Museums can range from art, history, to science. They can provide a fun and interesting way to learn about specific subjects. This day aims to inform the public about the role museums have in educating and providing a learning environment for their communities.

International Museum Day was established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums. It is observed annually on May 18th.

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International Museum Day facts

  • The theme for International Museum Day in 2023 was Museums, Sustainability and Well-being.
  • In 2022, There are about 95,000 museums around the world according to UNESCO.
  • The Capitoline Museum, located in Rome, is the worlds oldest museum which was founded in 1471.

Top things to do in the US for International Museum Day

  • Browse the International Museum Day 2021 reading list. The collection focuses on the theme, the future of museums: recover and recreate.
  • Find a museum near you. Museums offer a lot of information about a variety of topics. Find one near you and spend the day learning something new.
  • Explore an interactive map to find events happening near you. The International Council of Museums hosts global events and programs that focus on museums around the world.

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