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International Museum Day

Each year since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day, which represents a unique moment for the international museum community.

The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on 18 May each year or around this date, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week. IMD was celebrated for the first time 40 years ago. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.

International Museum Day 2021: “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”

With the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”, International Museum Day 2021 invites museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.

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International Museum Day 2021 Poster by International Council of Museums (ICOM) is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The dedicated website for International Museum Day provides you with all the information, tools and material needed to get involved in the 2020 edition. An interactive map will gather the events and activities taking place all over the world while the Communications Kit will help you participate in this occasion.

Download the Communications Kit