For an hour, a night or an entire week, participating museums celebrated or are currently celebrating this unifying, universal occasion, which turns 38 this year!
In 2016, the theme of the International Museum Day is “Museums and Cultural Landscapes”. This theme implies that museums have a certain responsibility towards the landscapes where they are located, to which they are able to bring their own specific knowledge and skills. The main mission of museums is to oversee the safekeeping and protection of the heritage that lies both within and beyond their walls.
Their natural vocation is to expand their mission and implement their own activities in the open field of cultural landscape and heritage that surrounds them and for which they can assume varying degrees of responsibility.
By highlighting the link between museums and cultural heritage, the International Museum Day 2016 aims to enhance the idea of museums as territorial centres involved in actively protecting the cultural landscape.
Since 1977, the International Museum Day is organised every year worldwide around May 18. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.
The international network of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) proposes an annual theme, which inspires the activities organised by museums around the world – over 35,000 museums in approximately 145 countries have taken part in recent years.
For additional information about International Museum Day 2016, please visit http://network.icom.museum/international-museum-day/imd-2016/the-theme/