International Museum Day was celebrated
with traditional dances in full costume at the Ethnographic
Museum in Porto Novo. The History Museum of Abomey
celebrated the theme and organised a performance of
traditional music called "Tchingounmin" and a video
showing on the slave trade.
The International Museum Day was celebrated with songs
and dances at the National Museum and Art Gallery
An exhibition of works by local artists and items
that were used during the British colonial administration
have been organized.
"A good friend always deserves a visit" - this was
the phrase chosen for the festivities of International
Museum Day in Brazil. Approximately 270 events took
place throughout Brazil during the week of 12-18 May
2003, and a ministerial document entitled "National
Policy on Museums: Memory and Citizenship" was published
and widely circulated. The document was the result
of consultation with Brazilian museum professionals,
museologists and those working in museums.
A Friends of Museums group was founded on International
Museum Day 2003, open to non-museum personnel such
as students, teachers, scholars and so forth. The
group offers special exhibitions, discounts and participation
in Museum research activities. In the long run, the
Friends group will spread the message of Brunei Museums
concerning the importance of protecting and preserving
the national heritage.
The Minister of Culture and the press attended the
events at the National Museum of Gitega, which included
the famous drummers of Gishora and the local ballet
of Makebuko. A guided tour of the museum included
a visit to the stores. The minister addressed the
issue of the war and the pillage and sale of Burundi's
heritage, and also stressed the importance of preserving
intangible cultural heritage. The chief drummer of
Gishora was awarded a prize for his role in the preservation,
protection and transmission of traditional knowledge
, particularly in the field of drums.
The Museum of Douala, along with a voluntary
organisation "Culture commune" and the Provincial
Delegation for Coastal Culture [Délégation provinciale
de la Culture pour le Littoral] organised an Open
Day focused on this year's theme, and discussed themes
such as "Human investment in the Museum" and "The
Museum in the civic life"
In conjunction with International Museum Day on May
18, 2003 and as part of May is Museum Month in Ontario,
the City has celebrated Ottawa museums by hosting
it's second annual Museum Day event and reception.
The first board of the Association of Museums
and Heritage of Curaçao was elected around International
Museum Day, and Curaçao Museums promoted the local
organisations working on the protection and restoration
of historical buildings.
Postcards were distributed to visitors recalling International
Museum Day. Most museums had free entrance and there
were spots on television and radio, and reports in
the press. Numerous museums all over the country held
special events, inaugurated exhibitions and gave guided
Different aspects of the theme "Museums
and Friends" were discussed, including the role of
Friends groups in opening the museum out to the public
and their involvement in museum educational programmes.
International Museum Day was advertised to the public
through postcards, stickers and bookmarks, as well
as through the different media. Guided tours and special
visits were laid on, as well as workshops, school
adoption programmes (of a museum or monument), conferences
and advocacy work, including for the introduction
of new legislation for museums and circulate the ICOM
Code of Ethics for Museums widely.
A 3-day-long carnival, "Museum Panorama",
was organised at the Hong Kong Science Museum. 64,000
people visited museums in Hong Kong over the three-day
period. A free guide book of museums was circulated,
and a Bingo card, stamped at each entrance to a museum,
and collecting a souvenir card.
Turin, 15 Museums Friends association organised free
visits, guided tours and activities.
Cultural films, tours of historic buildings
at Fort Jesus.
Museum of the American University of Beirut hosted
events organised by the Friends of the Museum, which
included a video and photo exhibition about the Friends'
trip to Ethiopia, a display of Ethiopian traditional
crafts and a collection of ceremonial crosses. The
proceeds of sales went towards the restoration of
the Museum of the American University of Beirut.
Art and History Museums of Luxembourg celebrated the
gifts made by its Friends to their collections over
the last 25 years. Conferences addressed the philanthropic,
social and pedagogical roles of Friends groups as
partners of the museum.
Néjjarine Museum and the Batha Museum in Fez hosted
the activities of International Museum Day, including
a national conference on museums and the outlook for
table discussion of the theme, stressing the role
of these groups in preserving national cultural heritage,
and meeting with the Association of Friends of the
organised a "Museums and Friends" programme at the
Museum of Ancient and Folk Musical Instruments. The
Museum put on a display concerning the preservation
the rich Nepalese legacy of musical instruments and
gave a live concert on very rare instruments which
was broadcast on Nepalese Television and covered by
The Lahore Museum has arranged a special
seminar and a quiz programme for students has also
been organized the same day.
provided the opportunity for thanking the trusts,
companies and patrons who have helped the museum sector,
as well as groups of Friends, for contributing their
time, knowledge and support. These groups also do
valuable work in awareness raising, discovering potential
donors, in order, among other things, to keep museum
Talks on volunteering and fund-raising,
local and regional speakers, museum tours.
Children's activities; plans for the
new museum (open 2005)
The ICOM Committee discussed the creation
of a special museum librarians' section within the
Museums Association of Serbia. Special thanks were
given to the Publishing House "Clio" for starting
a series of museological publications, and the new
YU NC ICOM presented the new issue of their bulletin,
which included the translation of the ICOM Code of
Ethics. Museums of Serbia and Montenegro put on special
exhibitions of tangible and intangible heritage.
Education Museum The museum showcased
heritage programmes for schools and put on environment-related