So go on, show your favourite museum some love.
Living in a fairly big city, I have a bunch of great museums right at my doorstep. I used to go to the Natural History Museum almost every free hour during my undergrad (it was conveniently located right on campus) and laugh at learn at the gross marine specimens with my friends. Don’t tell me that’s not cool, we always had a great time. I live near some great art museums too and love to go to every temporary exhibit that passes through- Grayson Perry was a particular delight. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, my favourite museum here is the Science Museum. Full of games, local industrial history, fascinating temporary exhibits (Gunter Von Hagens!) and great proponent of citizen science, it is a really inspiring place to be, especially for budding young scientists (young at heart, too).
Every year since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organised International Museum Day on the 18 May. According to ICOM “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Events are organised at museums all around the world. This year’s theme is Museums for a Sustainable Future, which is definitely an important topic to discuss.
Use ICOM’s map to locate your nearest events– in some places the festivities will last all week! Happy museum-ing!
Image Credit: The British Museum, shared by Chris Robinson under a Creative Commons license.