In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day

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THE world­wide com­mu­nity of mu­se­ums cel­e­brates to­day, 18 May 2018 In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day with the theme “Hyper­con­nected Mu­se­ums: New Ap­proaches, New Publics.”

In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day aims 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.” This is be­ing or­ga­nized on and around May 18 of each year. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in In­ter­na­tional Mu­seum Day is grow­ing among mu­se­ums all over the world. In 2017, more than 36,000 mu­se­ums par­tic­i­pated in the event in 157 coun­tries.

The In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Mu­se­ums said that hy­per­con­nec­tiv­ity is a term in­vented in 2001 to de­scribe the mul­ti­ple means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion we have to­day, such as face-to-face con­tact, email, instant mes­sag­ing, tele­phone, and the In­ter­net. This global net­work of con­nec­tions be­comes each day more com­plex, di­verse, and in­te­grated. In the hyper­con­nected world of to­day, mu­se­ums join the trend. This is the rea­son the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Mu­se­ums has cho­sen the theme “Hyper­con­nected mu­se­ums: New ap­proaches, new publics” for this year’s cel­e­bra­tion.

Mu­se­ums are an in­her­ent part of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, their cul­tural landscape, and their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. Mu­se­ums can now reach way be­yond their core au­di­ence and find new publics through these ap­proaches. These past years have wit­nessed the birth of count­less com­mon projects or­ga­nized by mu­se­ums with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of mi­nori­ties, in­dige­nous peo­ples, and lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions.

ICOM in­vites cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions of all types around the world to join in this cel­e­bra­tion and ex­plore the con­nec­tions that tie them to their com­mu­ni­ties, cul­tural landscape, and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

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