International Museum Day Quick Facts

Event NameInternational Museum Day ()
Event Started1983
Event LevelInternational Day
Observed byInternational Council of Museums (ICOM)

International Museum Day Brief

International Museum Day is celebrated every year on 18 May all over the world.

International Museum Day History

In the year 1983, the United Nations, realizing the importance of museums and their importance, decided to celebrate 18 May as 'International Museum Day'.

International Museum Day Objective

The Purpose of celebrating this day is to spread awareness about museums among the people and to make them aware about their history by visiting museums.

International Museum Day Theme(s)

Year wise theme of International Museum Day:

2022The Power of Museums
2021The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine
2020Museum for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion
2019Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition
2018Hyperconnected museum: New approaches, new publics
2017Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums
2016Museums and Cultural Landscapes
2015Museums for a Sustainable Society
2014Museum collections make connections
2013Museums (memory + creativity = social change)
2012Museums in a changing world. New challenges, new inspirations
2011Museum and memory: Objects tell your story
2010Museums for social harmony
2009Museums and tourism
2008Museums as agents of social change and development
2007Museums and universal heritage
2006Museums and young people
2005Museums bridging cultures
2004Museums and intangible heritage (Intangible cultural heritage)
2003Museums and friends
2002Museums and globalisation
2001Museums: building community
2000Museums for peace and harmony in society
1999Pleasures of discovery
1998–1997The fight against illicit traffic of cultural property
1996Collecting today for tomorrow
1995Response and responsibility
1994Behind the scenes in museums
1993Museums and indigenous peoples
1992Museums and environment

More info about International Museum Day

International Museum Council:

The International Council of Museums or International Council of Museums (ICOM) is a global sector of museums and museum professionals, committed to the promotion and protection of natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

ICOM's commitment to the promotion of culture and knowledge is supported by its 31 international committees, which conduct advanced research in their respective fields for the benefit of the museum community. The organization is involved in fighting illegal trafficking, assisting museums in emergency situations, and other activities. ICOM created International Museum Day in 1977. The organization chooses this theme every year and coordinates the programme.

Archaeological Survey of India Department:

In India also various programs are organized on 'International Museum Day'. The main objective of these programs is to make the general public, students and research scholars aware of the rich cultural heritage available in various museums.

On this day, admission to all the museums of the Government of India is made free. The Archaeological Survey of India has set the theme of 'International Museum Day' for the year 2011 as "Museum and Memory". There are more than 40 museums in the country under the 'Archaeological Survey of India Department'.

Important Days of May Month - (National Days and International Days):

Day Event Name - Event Level
01 MayInternational Labor Day - International Day
02 MayWorld Comedy Day - International Day
03 MayWorld Press Freedom Day - International Day
08 MayWorld Red Cross and Red Crescent Day - International Day
11 MayNational Technology Day - National Day
12 MayInternational Nurses Day - International Day
15 MayWorld Family Day - International Day
17 MayWorld Information Society Day - International Day
18 MayInternational Museum Day - International Day
21 MayAnti-Terrorism Day - International Day
22 MayWorld Biodiversity Day - International Day
31 MayWorld No Tobacco Day - International Day
मई माह का दूसरा रविवार of MayMothers Day - International Day
मई माह का पहला मंगलवार of MayWorld Asthma Day - International Day

International Museum Day FAQs:

International Museum Day is observed every year on 18 May.

Yes, International Museum Day is an International Day that is celebrated every year on May all over the World.

International Museum Day started on 1983.

International Museum Day is observed every year by International Council of Museums (ICOM).

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