International Museum Day is the 18th of May. This is a day organized by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) with the objective of raising awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples.” The theme for 2019 is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”. In recent years, museums have begun to focus on the importance of incorporating community views, prioritizing community voices, and developing innovative ways to approach contemporary problems. ICOM describes museums as the heart of society, that “have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, to build bridges for a peaceful world and to define a sustainable future”.
Museums are a great way for people to learn more about history, art, science, and interact with their communities. In the southwest Illinois and St. Louis Metro East area, there are many museums that highlight science, STEM, culture, and learning where people can visit, such as, the Cahokia Interpretive Center, the Edwardsville Children’s Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center. These museums can be a great way to learn about various subject areas in STEM too and engage in hands-on learning. So for International Museum Day, visit a local museum and enjoy learning!
Photo credit: ICOM 2019 poster