Friday, 23 May 2014

18th May: International Museum Day

May 18th is celebrated as International Museum Day (IMD) every year by International Council of Museums (ICOM). The International Council of Museum (ICOM) is the main organization of museums and museum professionals. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.
This day was first celebrated in the year 1977 and from there on they celebrate every year with a certain theme.
The theme for 2013 IMD was Museum (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change.
This year ICOM is celebrating its 37th anniversary of IMD and the theme for this year's event is "Museum collections make connections".
Below is the Logo of 2014 IMD.

                     International Museum Day 2014 - Poster

This year, more than 35,000 museums from over 100 countries are taking part in this celebrations.

In India IMD was celebrated in various museums.  In Red Fort, New Delhi Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) conduct a workshop where visitors of the museum were allowed to hold and feel the artifacts, which are generally kept in glass enclosures in museums away from reach of visitors.

Kolkata Victoria Memorial Museum in collaboration with INTACH, West Bengal chapter conducted a workshop for visitors and PPT presentation on this year's theme and a special lecture on "Why do we waste Museum collections and Opportunities".

Below is the stamp issued by India Post to commemorate 200 years of Indian Museum, Kolkata.

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