For over 30 years International Museum Day has been celebrated worldwide around May 18th. Today is no different, with more than 140 countries from every corner of the globe taking part!
Since 1977, The International Council of Museums (ICOM) have created the annual event which promotes the message that “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” This is a message that Mather & Co agrees with wholeheartedly and, clearly, so do many other organisations as the event has seen its popularity grow year on year. In 2014, more than 35,000 museums from across the world participated.
Many Mather & Co projects are joining in the celebrations and opening their doors. Volvo Ocean Race Museum in Alicante joined with other local museums this weekend to hold open days with organised creative events including the opportunity to visit the Brazil boat-racing simulator. The Olympic Museum offered free admission for the day.
With this year’s theme: ‘Museums for a Sustainable Society’, many museums are also taking to social media to share their projects, initiatives and thoughts. Follow the twitter hashtags #IMD2015 and #MuseumDay to keep up-to-date with today’s events and, better yet, visit your local museums to take part in the organised events.