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International Museum Day 2014: Celebrating museums around the world on IMD

International Museum Day:   Museums Around the World Celebrate IMD
International Museum Day: Museums Around the World Celebrate IMDPhoto by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Have you heard the news? According to a TIME report published on May 18, a global event is taking place and people are ready to celebrate. For the 37th year in a row, museums around the world will participate in International Museum Day (IMD), an annual event observed on (or around) May 18, 2014.

First launched in 1977, IMD helps raise awareness of the importance of museums and also gives museum professionals a chance to mingle with the general public and explain both the successes and the challenges museums face in today’s society. The International Council of Museums, created in 1946, organizes special events, tours, workshops and exhibitions for IMD. Some locations may offer free or discounted admittance.

IMD 2014

Last year, 35,000 museums from 143 countries from all five continents participated in IMD and this year is expected to be even bigger. Countries from America and Argentina to Germany, Taiwan and China will participate. The National Museum of Afghanistan will celebrate IMD for the very first time this year. Even some of the more “unusual” museums will take part in this year’s event like the Icelandic Phallological Museum, the Museum of Bad Art and the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum. While IMD is typically observed on May 18, some museums may celebrate for a weekend or entire month.

With a different theme each year, the International Museum Day 2014 theme is Museum Collections Make Connections. Previous themes include “Museum and Memory," “Museums and Tourism,” “Museums and Young People," “Pleasures of Discovery,” “Behind the Scenes in Museums” and “Museums and Environment,” to name a few.

If you are looking for a wonderful family-friendly experience this weekend, why not head on over to your nearest museum? For more information on the International Museum Day, please visit the website to find an event near you.