International Museum Day: Celebrating Cultural Heritage and Artistic Excellence

The International Museum Day was established to encourage research and conservation of the world’s natural and cultural heritage. International Museum day is an event run by the International Council of Museums officially since 1977.

The theme in 2024 is “Museums for Education and Research”.

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What is International Museum Day?

Organised on 18th May every year since the last 40 years, International Museum Day is an annual event that celebrates the importance of ‘museums as a means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among people’.

This day is celebrated with fun events and creative activities. Last year, over 37,000 museums from 158 countries and territories took part in the event.

Here are some interesting museums you can visit in India.

  • Patang Kite Museum, Ahmedabad  : Visit for a rare collection of kites.
  • National Rail Museum, Delhi  : An exhibit on the history of rail transport in India.
  • Shankar’s International Doll Museum, Delhi : Home to over 6,000 dolls from around the world.
  • NIMHANS Brain Museum, Bengaluru : Contains over 300 specimens of the human brain preserved in jars. 
  • Black Magic and Witchcraft Museum, Mayong, Assam : Showcases relics and manuscripts on Black Magic and witchcraft. 
  • Partition Museum, Delhi : Portrays the movements leading up to the Independence, Partition and aftermath. 
  • Indian Museum, Kolkata : One of the oldest and largest museums in India, showcasing a wide range of artifacts from ancient civilizations.
  • National Museum, New Delhi : Houses an extensive collection of art, artifacts, and relics representing India’s rich cultural heritage.
  • Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad : Home to one of the world’s largest private collections of art and antiques, spanning various civilizations.
  • The Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad : Preserves and displays a vast collection of Indian textiles, showcasing the country’s rich weaving traditions.

These are just a few examples, as India is home to numerous museums spread across various cities, each with its own unique collection and focus.

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