International Museum Day (IMD) is celebrated every year on 18 May. This day is observed to highlight the importance of museums in any culture. Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.
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International Museum Day is celebrated with the aim of educating the public about museums and the challenges they face. Every year the International Council of Museums (ICOM) comes up with a specific Theme and all activities revolve around the particular topic. A museum is a place that displays collections of documents and historical artefacts of all different kinds from cultures, societies, and nature around the world.
International Museum Day 2022 Theme:
This year, the theme for International Museum Day is ‘The Power of Museums’. As per ICOM’s website, the theme focuses on exploring the power of museums to achieve sustainability, to innovate on digitalisation and accessibility, and the power of community building through education.
International Museum Day: History
The idea of having an International Museum Day first surfaced during a meeting called ‘Crusade for Museums,’ organised by ICOM in 1951. However, the resolution for International Museum Day was adopted during ICOM General Assembly in Moscow, in 1977.
On this day since 1997, every year all the museums of the world are invited to participate and promote the role of museums in the world by organizing several activities that are focused on the theme.