International Museum Day 2014
For the 37th year in a row, the international museum community celebrated International Museum Day (IMD) on 18 May. Over 35,000 museums across the five continents participated in IMD, organising activities on and around this festive day on the theme Museum collections make connections. This theme shows how museums contribute to the development of society by telling stories about the cultural heritage of a community and its shared memory, thereby creating bonds between visitors and the objects in museum collections. It aims to rejuvenate the traditional methods museums use to involve their communities and remain connected with their public.
Museums took advantage of International Museum Day to meet their public and organise original activities. In Afghanistan, IMD was celebrated for the first time ever at the country’s National Museum in Kabul, while ICOM President Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz participated in a seminar in Zambia on this year’s theme as well as meetings about museums issues in Africa. In Greece, the Museum of Greek Children’s Art organised an exhibition on the connections between Japanese, Norwegian and Greek collections.
Since 2011, ICOM has partnered with the European Night of Museums, which is held every year on the Saturday closest to International Museum Day. This year the events coincided, as the European Night of Museums took place during the night of 17 to 18 May.
Photos: The President of ICOM Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz in Zambia for International Museum Day