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18 May 2013 - 18 May 2013

International Museum Day 2013

ICOM International Museum Day 2013The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day around 18 May, 2013.

This year, the theme of the International Museum Day will be:
Museums (memory + creativity) = social change.

ICOM established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.

From America to Oceania, through Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day is a special moment for the museum community. On this day, participating museums interpret an issue that concerns all cultural organisations.

International Museum Day is also a fantastic opportunity for museum professionals to meet their public. At the heart of society, museums are institutions dedicated to its development.

View the detailed programmes for Asia and Europe.

Traditionally, International Museum Day is organised around 18 May. It can last a day, a weekend or a whole week, the objective being to meet at the museum with the motto: “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.

Each year, International Museum Day gathers more museums from all around the world. In 2012, 32,000 museums from 129 countries on five continents participated in the event.

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