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International Museum Day 2013

Posted in News & Events by Em Ironstar on April 2nd, 2013

International Museum Day is coming up on May 18, 2013. Wondering how your museum can make the most of this opportunity? Read on!

What is International Museum Day?

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.

Traditionally, International Museum Day was organized on May 18. Now celebrations can last a day, a weekend or the whole week.

This year the theme of International Museum Day is “Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change”. Essentially this means taking the traditional mission of museums, the preservation and display of heritage, and mixing it with creativity, allowing an evolution museums are striving for.

Each year thousands of museums participate. You can take part in the 2013 International Museum Day, and share in the celebration.

How can a museum participate?

This year to help organize an event or develop an activity a set of 5 sub-themes are provided:

Examples of activities could be:

Examples of activities related to the 5 sub-themes:

What tools are available?

ICOM has created an IMD poster linked to this year’s theme. The poster can be downloaded for IMD 2013 on the IMD website.

A website is dedicated to IMD 2013 and a Facebook page has also been created.

If you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #IMD2013 when you are promoting your events.

A Museum kit that has everything you need to know about IMD is also available.

What IMD activities will you be planning? Let us know in the comments section below! 

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