Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 18th - International Museum Day

Established in 1977 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Museum Day is a day on which people around the world take a moment to reflect upon the important role that museums play. ICOM is made up of more than 30,000 museums in over 100 different countries. From Costa Rica to Malaysia, museums in many different countries are taking a day to open their doors and educate the public.

This year’s theme is “Museum and Memory: Objects Tell Your Story,” which highlights the role that objects play in society’s collective memory. Museums aren’t just big buildings filled with old junk; they are visual showcases of humanity’s time spent on this earth. History builds upon itself, and the absence of the precious artifacts housed in museums would be indescribable. Restoration, conservation and curatorship are all integral parts of museums. So on May 18, take an hour or two to visit your local museum (like the Georgia Museum of Art) and appreciate the beauty that has been preserved and displayed for the benefit of you, your community and the future members of society.

Also, don't forget to stop by the gift shop after your visit to the GMOA. We're offering a 20% discount in the shop, both online (with the code MUSEUMDAY) and in person.

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