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April 24, 2019

International Museum Day Around the World

What is IMD?

Every year since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day (IMD), 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. International Museum Day 2019 will focus on the new roles of museums as active actors in their communities “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”.

Activities around the world

To celebrate IMD 2019, thousands of museums around the world are organising special activities or will offer extended opening hours. Here are some of the events planned for May 18:

Have you already planned a special event or programme for International Museum Day, like many other cultural institutions around the globe? Add yours to ICOM’s new interactive map for the whole world to see. Have a look on the new interactive map on WeMap.

To participate, all you have to do is complete the following form on OpenAgenda.

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The future of tradition continues in ICOM Kyoto 2019

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 (1-7 September) and kick off the global conversation on the role  of museums as cultural hubs and the future of tradition.