International Museum Day 2017

When: 18 May, 2017
What: International Museum Day
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The worldwide community of museums is celebrating International Museum Day today i.e, 18 May 2017. The theme chosen for 2017 is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has recently announced that the central topic of International Museum Day 2017 will be “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”. This theme focuses on the role of museums that, by working to benefit society, become hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people. It also highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.

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According to ICOM, by choosing to say the unspeakable in museums, the theme of the International Museum Day 2017 looks at how to understand the incomprehensible aspects of the contested histories inherent to the human race. It also encourages museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view.

Every year since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day, which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of 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 and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week. ICOM is inviting cultural institutions of all types around the world to join in this celebration, which will focus on the link allowing for a vision of the future above and beyond taboo subjects and towards a better understanding of one another.

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International Museum Day, 2016

When: 16 – 22 May, 2016

Where: Jodhpur, Rajasthan India

Time: 9 am – 5 pm

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The International Museum Day is celebrated across the world on May 18 to raise awareness about contribution of museums to the society. This year the theme proposed by International Council of Museums (ICOM) is ‘Museums and Cultural Landscapes’. Under this theme, the museums are being asked to be responsible for their landscapes, to contribute knowledge and expertise and actively look into their management and upkeep.

Coordinated by the International Council of Museums, The International Museum Day (IMD) is celebrated to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Nearly 35,000 museums in 145 countries participate in the event. This year International Museum Day will be celebrated around the theme ‘Museums and Cultural Landscapes’, reaffirming the museums commitment to representing and preserving cultural and environmental heritage.

It highlights the responsibility of museums not only to their collections, but also to their environment, including the cities, villages and communities to which they belong, and calls on them to promote and communicate about both their own collections and the cultural and natural heritage around them. Museums of all kinds can contribute to sustainable development by strengthening ties between people and their environment. Museums and Cultural Landscapes asks museums to participate in raising awareness, making them ambassadors of a geographic area and engaging them in actively protecting cultural and natural heritage. The official IMD website has also been launched and features the IMD 2016 poster and web banner in several languages.

A special exhibition to celebrate International Museum Day, ‘Rare Glimpses – The Architectural Heritage of Jodhpur’ is now open at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur India. The exhibition which showcases archival photographs of Jodhpur’s architectural monuments is now open from 16 – 22 May, 2016 with special exhibitions, performances, crafts demonstrations and short film screenings.