Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It's International Museum Day!

Hosted by the International Council of Museums since 1977, Museum Day "provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them to the challenges that museums face if they are to be - as in the ICOM definition of museums - 'an institution in the service of society and of its development.'"

Each year has a theme. This year's these is Museums for Social Harmony. How can museums work towards this goal? Can the museum be a safe space for bringing people together? As you can imagine, with a mission including the phrase "... to promote tolerance...", the Tenement Museums thinks so. If you're interested, you can read more about the topic, including some essays, on ICOM's website.

No matter where you are in the world - from Algeria to Zambia - there's probably an event happening in your neck of the woods. Here in NYC, visit the Frick Museum for free, all day.

Thank you all for being museum supporters, cheerleaders, visitors and champions!

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