What is the International Day and Night of Museums?
The objective of International Museum Day (DIM) is to raise awareness about the fact that museums are an important medium for cultural exchange and the enrichment of cultures, as well as for the development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.
When was the International Day and Night of Museums created?
Every May 18, since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) organizes this unique celebration, promoting special events and activities around the world.
The role of museums in society is changing. Although in the past they were considered static institutions, museums are reinventing themselves to be more interactive, flexible, adaptable and mobile, focusing on the audience and targeting their communities.
They have become cultural hubs that function as platforms where creativity is combined with knowledge and where visitors can co-create, share and interact.
By acting locally, museums also advocate for and mitigate global issues, striving to face the challenges of today's society proactively.
As institutions located at the heart of society, they have the power to establish a dialogue between cultures, to build bridges for a peaceful world and to define a sustainable future.
As museums grow more and more in their roles as cultural hubs, they also find new ways to honor their collections, their stories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meanings for future generations and relevance to an increasingly global audience. diverse.
This transformation, which will have a profound impact on museum theory and practice, also forces museum professionals to rethinking the very value of museums and to question the ethical limits that define the very nature of their work.
Being focal points for their communities and, at the same time, an integral part of a global network, museums offer a platform to translate the needs and opinions of local communities into a global context.
Hence, it was decided to create a International Museum Day, which year after year grows imposingly and in 2018 allowed millions of people from more than 158 countries to enjoy the most important museums of each participating city for free.