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International Museum Day
Each Year around the 18th May
International Museum Day

International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977. Each year, a theme is decided on by the Advisory Committee. The event provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them to the challenges that museums face if they are to be - as in the ICOM definition of museums - "an institution in the service of society and of its development".
The chosen topic is also discussed in ICOM News, a review of the related activities is produced and made available to members of ICOM.

It has been recommended that this celebration be held each year on 18 May (Given that each country has its own specific traditions and conditions, we recommend that members organise their events around 18 May), in the spirit of the motto: « Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples »

The ICOM Secretariat invites all members to celebrate International Museum Day around 18 May.

- International Museum Day Resource Guide
(2nd edition), American Association of Museums


2010 "Museums for social harmony"
2009 "Museums and tourism"
2008 "Museums as agents of social change and development"
2007 "Museums and Universal Heritage"
2006 "Museums and young people"
2005 "Museums bridging cultures"
2004 "Museums and Intangible Heritage"
2003 "Museums and Friends"
2002 "Museums and Globalisation"
2001 "Museums: building community"
2000 "Museums for Peace and Harmony in Society"
1999 "Pleasures of discovery"
1998-1997 "The fight against illicit traffic of cultural property"
1996 "Collecting today for tomorrow"
1995 "Response and responsibility"
1994 "Behind the Scenes in Museums"
1993 "Museums and Indigenous Peoples"
1992 "Museums and Environment"

Only in 1992 it was decided to have a theme for the International Museum Day.

International Museum Day is made possible by the Réunion des musées nationaux (RMN) and the Direction des musées de France (DMF).


Updated: 29 January 2010