International Museum Day

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2021 Date18 May 2021
2022 Date18 May 2022
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 2021 was The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine.
  • There are about 95,000 museums in the world according to UNESCO.
  • More than 37,000 museums from 158 countries and territories participated in International Museum Day in 2020.

International Museum Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • 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.
  • 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.

International Museum Day References and Related Sites

icom.museum: International Museum Day

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