International Museum Day 2010

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.

Momentum has been rising unabated ever since. In 2009, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with almost 20,000 museums hosting events in more than 90 countries.

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day around May 18, 2010 and will, as always, be creative in organising discovery tours by day or night, atypical visits, workshops and conferences for all kinds of visitors.

Museums for social harmony
This year, the theme of International Museum Day is “Museums for social harmony”. Harmony is a concept significant for both Humanity and for representing Eastern cultures. The basis of social harmony lies in dialogue, tolerance, coexistence and development, based on pluralism, difference, competition and creativity. Fundamentally, social harmony is “to agree but to stand out, to look for common ground but keeping the difference.”

An international event
From America to Oceania, through Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day is a widely popular event. In 2009, it experienced record participation of almost 20,000 museums, who organized activities in more than 90 countries.

Created in 1946, ICOM (International Council of Museums) is an international non-governmental organisation maintaining formal relations with UNESCO and having a consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. ICOM is the only international organisation representing museums and museum professionals.

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