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May 18: Celebrate International Museum Day

May 18: Celebrate International Museum Day

  International Museum Day When you travel, is visiting museums part of your itinerary? Many people think museums are boring but to us, they are one of the most interesting places to explore. Museums give us a rare glimpse of the local culture and history. Some of them are dedicated to the most fascinating topics – like mummies, toilets, bizarre books, etc. There’s even an entire museum in Japan dedicated to showcasing a wide and impressive variety of instant ramen. Today is International Museum Day. Ready to be amazed? The International Council of Museums is the proponent of this special holiday. Since 1977, the organization has encouraged the celebration of places of knowledge and discovery: our museums. This holiday is all about spreading awareness of the value of museums in our society. Museums facilitate the development of cultures, exchange of ideas, cooperation, understanding, and unity among people.  Every 18th of May, people around the world flock museums to celebrate this holiday. There are many events and activities which can last for a week or even the entire month of May. Isn’t that great? If you missed going to your favorite museum today, then you can schedule a visit with your family for a later date. Celebrate International Museum Day happily knowing what’s in store for you today.

How to celebrate this special day

Which museum do you plan to explore? What are you interested in learning? Do you want to discover more about bananas? Yes, we just asked that – it turns out there is an International Banana Museum in Mecca, California that you can visit with your family. The museum has about 20,000 items relating to all things banana. Back in 1999, it was recognized by the Guinness World Record as the largest museum showcasing a single fruit!  In 2019, over 37,000 museums participated in the International Museum Day celebration. Certainly, with this museum awareness day, more and more people will be interested in both traditional and bizarre museums. There will be a plethora of venues for you to explore with your friends and family. Maybe, you will be interested in visiting the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in India next year, where you can discover ancient to modern toilet designs and learn about the evolution of sanitation practices since time. Isn’t that cool? Or weird? To each his own, we guess.  Another one-of-a-kind museum worth visiting today is the International Cryptozoology Museum. If you want to know more about mythical creatures like the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot, this is the place to be. Even your non-believer friends will be fascinated by the treasure trove of “evidence” that prove these unknown creatures walked the earth.  If you’re into James Bond and spy fiction, you will love the International Spy Museum. Believe it or not, there were Greek and Roman techniques and paraphernalia that made spying in those ancient times effective. Anything and everything about espionage can be found in the rooms of this museum. It’s a glimpse of the Bond world that you don’t want to miss. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate International Museum Day by heading out into these cool and sorta creepy museums. 

3 ways to celebrate International Museum Day

  1. Day of discovery

    Have you and your friends decided on which museum to visit? Enjoy this day of discovery by getting in touch with your locality and exploring a museum nearby. Greet the staff and curator and be extra appreciative of their efforts to inform you about mind-boggling facts.
  2. Discover different museums

    Continue the hunt for amazing museums to visit around the world. Make a list of places you want to visit so when you do have the chance to travel, you can look forward to stepping foot in these amazing museums. 
  3. Promote museum visits

    Museum visits

    It’s time to show some love to the people behind the establishment and operation of our many great museums around the world. The more people visit museums, the more sustainable it is for the curator, the staff, and the people in the community. Encourage your friends and family from around the world to visit these beautiful and awe-inspiring places today.

3 gifts to celebrate International Museum Day

  1. Museum tickets

    The most obvious and fitting gift to celebrate International Museum Day are museum tickets. Give them to your friends so they will be more inclined to visit a museum that you highly recommend to them.
  2. Museum souvenirs

    After visiting a museum or two today, give your family especially the younger members these souvenirs. These gifts will awaken their curiosity and next time when you coax them to go, they will be more than willing to tag along. 
  3. Flowers for the curator

    Flowers for the curator

    This an unexpected gift from a museum patron, but one that will surely melt the heart of the curator of your local museum. His/her work is one of those that belong in what we can consider “thankless jobs.” This is a thoughtful gesture coming from a museum enthusiast like you.

Celebrate International Museum Day every year

Thanks to the existence of museums, we are more informed about our culture, heritage and identity. The human race has definitely come a long way from our hunter-gatherer culture. It’s beyond amazing. Last May 2020, we just had the first commercial space flight to the International Space Station achieved by NASA and SpaceX. Museums document these advances in our civilization.  We hope you can celebrate International Museum Day as a yearly tradition. Visit a different museum with your family and friends each year. You don’t know just what strange and fascinating facts you will discover next.  

FAQs about International Museum Day

  1. What’s the theme for International Museum Day 2020?

    Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.
  2. How many museums do we have in the world, as of 2019?

    We have 55,000 museums in the entire world, located in 202 countries. 

Other holidays we’re celebrating today

Victoria Day

Victoria Day is held in honor of Queen Victoria to celebrate the birthday of the popular, long-reigning queen of England. It is celebrated in England, Canada and other former British colonies and territories. Queen Victoria's 63-year reign of the huge global British Empire, which was the longest of all monarchs. In Canada, Victoria Day as a Federal holiday. After the queen's death, an act of the Canadian Parliament established this holiday on May 24th. In 1952, it was moved to the Monday preceding May 25th, and became an official Canadian federal holiday.

Visit Your Relatives Day

The founder and the creators of Visit Your Relatives Day are still unknown. Even though the history is not clear, national Visit Your Family Day can be observed sending cards and letters to far-away family members or making time for internet chats or phone calls. Planning a family reunion is also another great idea on this day.   Source: https://icom.museum/en/our-actions/events/international-museum-day/