The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”
Organised on May 18 each year or around this date, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week.
IMD was celebrated for the first time 40 years ago. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day.
Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.
The theme for this year’s International Museum Day is “The Power of Museums”.
International Museum Day was established in 1977 with the adoption of a resolution. The resolution was adopted at the ICOM General Assembly held in Moscow, Russia. The day was designated to ‘further unify the creative aspirations and efforts of museums and draw the attention of the world public to their activity’.