International Museum Day is a global event coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), celebrated annually on the 18th of May around the world. International Museum Day is a platform to raise awareness about the role of museums that plays in the development of society. It also highlights the importance of the museum in the means of cultural exchange, cultural development, mutual understanding, and cooperation peace among the people. This day provides an opportunity for museum professionals to consult and educate the public about the issues facing museums.
In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day. After the creation of International Museum Day, it has become increasingly popular, with 20,000 museums in over 90 countries participating in International Museum Day 2009. In 2012, the number of museums participating has increased to 30,000 in 129 countries.
International Museum Day 2020 Theme: “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”
Every year the International Council of Museums (ICOM) chooses a theme that is the heart of the concerned society, also to promotes the role of Museums. This year the theme of International Museum Day 2020: “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”.
With the theme Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion the International Museum Day 2020 seeks to become a rallying point for both promoting the variety of backgrounds that make up the museum’s cultures and workers and challenging strategies to recognize and address bias in what they exhibit and the stories they say.
The complexities of inclusion and diversity and the difficulties of addressing complex social problems in highly divided societies are important, but not special to museums and cultural institutions, owing to the high regard museums hold by society. it is important to have a social value that museums have the ability to create meaningful interactions for the people of all the backgrounds. It is the right time to demonstrate its importance by participating in political, social, and cultural complexities of contemporary society, as reform agents, and as trusted institutions.
The goal for celebrating International Museum Day is to raise awareness that the value of Museums is an essential means of cultural exchange, cultural enrichment, and the creation of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. ICOM has organized International Museum Day every year since 1977 which creates a unique opportunity for the international museum community.
Every year, the International Museum Day is celebrated with great events, museums from all over the world are invited to take part in the celebration to promote the role of museums. The events are unique with free activities based on the theme. This year due to the World Pandemic and following lockdown the International Museum Day is going digital. The ICOM invites museums from all over the world to host different online activities around the day with the theme: Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.