In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day to “encourage awareness about the role of museums in the development of society.” Ever since that day museums around the world have been celebrating International Museum Day on or around May 18. Each year a theme is chosen by ICOM and the one selected for 2009 is Museums and Tourism.
Museums–big and small–celebrate this special day in numerous and varied ways, and in certain parts of the world the entire month of May is dedicated to museums! As an example, take a look at the Ontario Museum Association’s May is Museum Month website (and if you are wondering about yet another shameless Canadian plug, I have to admit that I worked at the OMA when I was in graduate school, notably promoting museums and archaeology to young people during the month of May).
While International Museum Day is a day for museum professionals to emphasise how important the heritage in their care is to a community, it is also a day for museum visitors to say thank you to these same professionals for doing such a fabulous job at preserving and presenting this same heritage.
Mention International Museum Day at the Museum Store this Sunday and receive a 10% discount (not to be combined with other discounts or sale items.)