Saturday, May 17, 2014

Education : Let's talk about Museums

On May 18th, Museums of the world are celebrating International Museum Day with free admission and other special activities. 

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.


Each year, International Museum Day gathers more museums from all around the world. In 2013, 35,000 museums from 143 countries on five continents participate to International Museum Day.

Traditionally, International Museum Day is organised around 18 May. Activities can last a day, a weekend or a whole week

Each year, the ICOM Advisory Committee proposes a theme. The suggested theme for 2014 is Museum collections make connections.

© Patrick Bouchain, 2011 | Cercles et Carrées
Centre Pompidou

This theme demonstrates how museum exhibitions have the ability not only to tell a story, but to also engage with the community through shared memory.

"The museum is an institution that preserves and communicates the past, yet it is grounded in the present. It is a link between the generations, as it allows present and future generations to better comprehend their origins and history."

It also encourages public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society and promotes the connection that exists between different types of collections and their audiences. 

2014 theme reminds us that museums are living institutions that help create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures around the world.

Since 2011, ICOM has been sponsoring the European Night of Museums, which is held every year on the Saturday closest to the International Museum Day. 

The European Night of Museums was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. On this occasion, the closing time of the museums is postponed to approximately one in the morning, which allows the public to visit the participating museums by night, for free. 

Pour sa dixième édition, la Nuit des musées nous propose une multitude d'événements ce samedi 17 mai.

La Nuit des Musées a lieu ce soir, le 17 mai. 

Les musées sont d'étonnants laboratoires où s'élaborent en continu des médiations pour le jeune public. D'où, sans doute, le succès immédiat de « La classe, l’œuvre! », un dispositif éducatif lancé l'année dernière par le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication et le ministère de l’Éducation nationale dans le cadre de la Nuit des musées. 


“Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.

Teachers have the weekend, of course, but also an entire week to celebrate Museums in schools 

So Check out some pedagogical ideas to explore and support museums with your students:

  • Visit museums with your students. Please read Uma Aula no Museu  (Portuguese language) an interesting pedagogical activity to develop writing skills through Paula Rego's paintings (cross-curricula Languages, Arts, History, ICT).
  • Watching different paintings the students get inspiration to write stories or draw some interesting works.
  • Introduce your students to museum-sponsored events. Tell your students about this weekend’s "Teen Night Out" with you or their family.
  • Write a postcard. Ask the students to download the postcard here. They can write to pen-pals from other schools. 

    If you have an international school project, the students can chose the language of the classmates.

    This could be an interesting writing activity in mother language our foreign language.
  • Explore museum galleries online. Invite your students to spend some time enjoying Google Art Project, or visiting online exhibitions from local and international museums. So your students can watch works by incredible artists and debate their experiences in the classroom next week (cross-curricula).
  • Another activity could be a #selfie at the Museum. During a visit to the Museum, invite the students to snap selfies with an artefact of their choice.

    And now play on and share around the theme 2014 "Museum collections make connections"!

International Museum Day in Finland

On International Museum Day, over 100 museums will organise event, museum tours, and other activities all over the world. Here is a glimpse of what will be offered in some participating regions and countries. 

Please find the detailed programme on 

Well, let us enjoy then adventure to go at Museums for free. Believe me your students will have wonderful activities for all over the world.

Museums prepared carefully to this big night !



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