Today marks the 35th anniversary of International Museum Day, an annual event established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 in order to celebrate the important role museums play in our society. This year’s theme, ‘Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations’ is a chance for museums to consider how they can adapt to changing times and consider future needs for museum spaces.
Today, and over the month of May, museums across the world are offering something special for their visitors. Wherever you happen to be on International Museum Day – go out and support a museum near you!
Some of the highlights across Aotearoa include:
Waikato Museumis inviting visitors to join staff for a pecha kucha-style presentation on possible futures for the museum in their lunch hour.
Whanganui Regional Museum has organised a whole museum month of activities including the Museums in a Changing World public lecture series.
Otago Museumis inviting visitors to venture into the depths of the Otago Museum basement for a glimpse of the humanities objects and natural science specimens held within.
If you know of any other events or special exhibitions happening today please comment below.