Established in 1977 and celebrated worldwide around the 18th of May, the International Museum Day aims to increase the public awareness about the role of museums in developing society.
Museum and Memory is the theme for the 2011 edition, showing how museums collect and transmit the individual and collective memories of our communities through objects.
These objects, many of them rare and in need of special care and conservation, are expressions of our natural and cultural heritage, fundamental witnesses of our identity.
To preserve the transmission of this cultural heritage to future generations, the International Council of Museums has initiated close institutional partnerships with other organisations that feel concerned by these questions and share ICOM’s preoccupation for the preservation of memory: the UNESCO “Memory of the World” programme, the Co-ordinating council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
During the International Museum Day 2011, museums around the world will organise several activities and will be open extended hours, often with free entrance.
On this page you can scroll down and have a glimpse of what will be on offer in the several continents.
IMD 2011 will focus on the African continent whose cultural contribution to the world is often unknown and deserves to be promoted.