International Museum Day (IMD)
The Luxembourg Museum Days are organised in the framework of the International Museum Day (IMD), which represents a unique moment for the international museum community, organised by ICOM every year since 1977.
Museums that participate in the celebration of this day organise events and activities on 18 May each year or around this date. The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.
All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.
To find more information, visit the official International Museum Day website with its interactive map of events and activities taking place around the world on this occasion.
Museums, Sustainability and Wellbeing
Museums are key contributors to the wellbeing and to the sustainable development of our communities.
As trusted institutions and important threads in our shared social fabric, they are uniquely placed to create a cascading effect to foster positive change. There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity, to tackling social isolation and improving mental health.
As highlighted in the ICOM Resolution “On sustainability and the implementation of Agenda 2030, Transforming our World” (Kyoto, 2019), all museums have a role to play in shaping and creating sustainable futures, and they can do this through educational programmes, exhibitions, community outreach and research.
Each year since 2020, the International Museum Day supports a set of Goals from the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In 2023, we will focus on
Goal 3 - Global Health and Wellbeing: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, in particular concerning mental health and social isolation.
Goal 13 - Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, adopting low-carbon practices in the Global North and mitigation strategies in the Global South.
Goal 15 - Life on Land: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, amplifying the voices of indigenous leaders and raising awareness on the loss of biodiversity.
On May 18th, we encourage all members of the civil society to come together and realise the full transformative potential that museums have for sustainable development and wellbeing!