International Museum Day

Each year on 18th May, International Museum Day is commemorated to improve public awareness of museums. Museums have a vital role in cultural interchange, as well as the development of shared understanding, cooperation, and peace. Every year, to promote the importance of museums, all museums around the world are invited to take part in International Museum Day. On a global scale, International Museum Day is important for raising awareness about the significance of museums in the advancement of society.

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History of International Museum Day

In 1977, the inaugural International Museum Day was organised. It has gotten a lot of attention since then. In the year of 2009, twenty thousand institutions participated in International Museum Day, with events taking place in over 90 nations. The following year, in 2010, 98 nations participated in the International Museum Day celebration, followed by 100 countries in the year of 2011. The official International Museum Day poster was translated into thirty seven languages in the year of 2011. It was attended by 129 nations in the year of 2012, with about thirty thousand museums participating in the event.

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Museums are seen as a part of humanity’s legacy. The significance of International Museum Day stems from the belief that museums are critical tools for ensuring “cultural interchange, enrichment of cultures, and growth of mutual understanding, collaboration, and peace” among people all over the world. Museums are essential because they allow us to track a country’s progress from prehistoric to present times. It is not wrong to argue that museums are the closest thing to time travel. ‘A museum is a site where nothing is lost, only rediscovered,’ after all.

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