Museum Day 1999
the 18th of May 1999 museums throughout the world will
be celebrating International Museum Day with the theme
"Pleasures of Discovery".
its definition in the ICOM Statutes a museum is a non-profit
making, permanent institution in the service of society
and of its development, and open to the public, which
acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits,
for purposes of study, education and enjoyment,
material evidence of people and their environment.
year ICOM members would like to highlight the idea of
enjoyment and have therefore chosen "Pleasures of Discovery"
as the theme for International Museum Day 1999. Indeed,
while the museum is a place where you acquire knowledge,
it is also a place for leisure and entertainment that
should provide pleasure for all ages and where all our
senses should be awakened.
Perot, the President of ICOM, stresses the fact that "exploring
a museum should also include an element of play. We should
feel the same excitement as when starting out on a journey
where every object and testimony bring to light phenomena
that are new and unknown".
museum as a learning tool calls upon our sensitivity and
our feelings, and enables us to understand the world in
which we live as we set out to discover ourselves, our
technical, scientific and natural environment and that
of the living beings around us, as well as the discovery
of the other in terms of time and space.
visit to a museum, whether it be devoted to art , science,
ethnography, archaeology, etc., should be like an outing
where the pleasures of discovery are one of the essential
attractions. And so the 1999 theme should gain public
support as it offers all kinds of museums the opportunity
to convince reticent visitors that museums are indeed
places for enjoyment and discovery.
year more and more ICOM members take the initiative to
celebrate International Museum Day. The event is proving
to be a great success not only with professionals but
also with the public.