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International Museum Day is celebrated in most countries. This day, many museums are free for visiting. Everyone can see amazing exhibition halls.


International Museum Day was established in 1977. Initiator was International Council of Museums. Each year holiday has its own theme. For example, «Museum is a cultural bridge», «Fight against the illegal movement of cultural property». About 20,000 museums organize different events on their professional holiday, covered by the media.

The main goal of establishing the International Museum Day is introducing people to culture, demonstrating accessibility and magnificence of exhibitions. In some countries, there’s also a night of museums, initiated by French cassation. Tours, lectures, master classes are organized that night.

Interesting Facts

A museum is a place where the most valuable treasures are kept.

  1. There are 8 million exhibits in the British Museum. This museum is the second most visited in the world.
  2. The smallest museum is in Lithuania. It occupies 1 large oak tree hollow.
  3. Mexico has underwater museum at 10 meters depth.
  4. There’s Museum of Drunkenness’ History in Moscow.
  5. A Museum of Death has been created in Hollywood, where all thematic exhibits are presented, including various items created by serial killers and maniacs.
  6. The Museum of Natural History in New York is featured in some famous films: «Night at the Museum», «The Da Vinci Code».

When is International Museum Day celebrated in 2022?

International Museum Day is observed on May 18 each year.