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International Museum Day (IMD) is celebrated to raise awareness about the key role that museums play in the development of our societies. The goal of International Museum Day is to give museum professionals the opportunity to meet the public, and to make the public aware of challenges faced by museums. Each year, a different theme is promoted. This day was established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums.

When is International Museum Day?

It’s celebrated annually on May 18th.

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How is International Museum Day Celebrated?

  • Visit a local museum, or find one that specializes in something or an event that you are interested in, such as a National History Museum, Toy Museum, Maritime Museum, Textile Museum, Wax Museum, etc.
  • Donate money to a museum
  • Volunteer at a museum.
  • Gather friends and watch “A Night at the Museum” and its sequel.

International Museum Day Trivia/Facts:

  • In 2017, more than 36,000 museums participated in the event in some 157 countries.
  • The museum community uses International Museum Day to unite around a socially relevant theme. The theme for 2017 was “Museums and Contested Histories”, and this year it is “Hyperconnected Museums”.
  • The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford opened on May 24, 1683 as the world’s first university art museum.
  • In the United States, museums and historical sites generate more than 13 billion U.S. dollars in revenue annually and this number is expected to be closer to 15 billion by 2018.
  • The most visited museum in the U.S. is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or “the Met.”
  • The Met is the largest museum in the U.S. and attracts more than six million visitors a year. It is located in New York

Famous Birthdays on May 18th:

  • Frank Capra – Director
  • George Strait – Country singer
  • Yannick Noah – Tennis player
  • Tina Fey – Actress/writer
  • Perry Como – Singer
  • Pope John Paul II – Second-longest serving Pope
  • Reggie Jackson – Baseball player

Popular Social Media Hashtags:

#Internationalmuseumday #museumday

Other holidays in May include Foster Care Day, Brother and Sisters Day and Nascar Day, as well.

For drinking holidays there is National HomeBrew Day, National Beverage Day and World Cocktail Day.

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