May 18 is International Museum Day, an annual celebration coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Hashtags: #IMD2019 and #InternationalMuseumDay
To celebrate please tag, tweet and follow your favorite museums on the social web.
- Are there live and recorded videos from International Museum Day events?
- In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, what are examples of museums collaborating with Indigenous people on the inclusion and promotion of Indigenous languages?
- Which International Museum Day events have a Facebook event page?
- Which museums are tweeting about the International Day on Twitter?
- Is the poster available in Japanese?
- Can the ICOM map of activities and events be embedded on other websites?
International Museum Day 2019 will focus on the new roles of museums as active actors in their communities
While preserving their primary missions – collecting, conservation, communication, research, exhibition – museums have transformed their practices to remain closer to the communities they serve. Today they look for innovative ways to tackle contemporary social issues and conflict. By acting locally, museums can also advocate and mitigate global problems, striving to meet the challenges of today’s society proactively. As institutions at the heart of society, museums have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, to build bridges for a peaceful world and to define a sustainable future.
As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are also finding new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. This transformation, which will have a profound impact on museum theory and practice, also forces us to rethink the value of museums and to question the ethical boundaries that define the very nature of our work as museum professionals.
The theme chosen for International Museum Day 2019 is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”. The role of museums in society is changing. Once static institutions, museums are reinventing themselves to become more interactive, audience focused, community oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share, and interact.
To celebrate IMD 2019, thousands of museums around the world are organizing special activities or will offer extended opening hours. Here are some of the events planned for May 18:
- The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum is inviting high school teachers and students for a day of “Fun with Museums” to learn more about museum professions
- The Children’s Museum of Thessaloniki will organize an interactive program around transport planning, underground construction and & ultra-modern operation of the metro
- What’s the future of plastic? Join the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem to learn about the history of this material and to rethink its produce, use and disposal
- For International Museum Day, the National Museum of Tajikistan will organize a night at the museum
- In Tokyo, several of the capital’s museums – including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Museum of Western Art – will have free admission
- In Miselerland, Luxembourg, a double-decker bus will do a museum hopping tour through the museums of the region (on May 19)
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. IMD2019 will tackle the same theme as the ICOM General Conference Kyoto 2019 (September 1-7) and kick off the global conversation on the role of museums as cultural hubs and the future of tradition.
The 2019 poster is available in English as well as