International Museum Day 2017 is being celebrated on thursday by the worldwide community of museums. This year the theme for International Museum Day is Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.
Every year, all museums in the world are invited to participate in IMD to promote the role of museums, by creating free activities around a theme discussed within the ICOM community for this special day.
It also encourages museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view. We invite cultural institutions of every nature around the world to join in this celebration, which will focus on the link allowing for a vision of the future above and beyond taboo subjects and towards a better understanding of one another.
It was in 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries.
Objective of International Museum Day:
The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of 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 and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week.
About International Museum Day:
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2016, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 35,000 museums hosting events in some 145 countries