For the 36th year running, the worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day around 18 May, 2014. Special events and activities will be organised in thousands of museums across the world to mark this festive day for the museum community.
This year, the theme of the International Museum Day will be:
Museum collections make connections.
This theme is a reminder that museums are living institutions that help create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures around the world.
Emphasising the significance of International Museum Day, ICOM President, Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz said “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Momentum has been rising unabated ever since and in 2013, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with almost 35,000 museums hosting events in more than 143 countries.
Created in 1946, ICOM (International Council of Museums) is an international non-governmental organization maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. Within the United Nations, ICOM has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council. ICOM is the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals on a global level.