DAMASCUS- The worldwide community of museums will celebrate the 35th anniversary of International Museum Day around 18 May, 2012.
Syria`s National Museums would be open on Friday, 18th May; despite unrest.
Every year since 1977, International Museum Day is held worldwide sometime around 18 May. From America and Oceania to Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day aims to increase public awareness of the role of museums in developing society.
The theme for 2012 is “Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations.”
“Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate.” The International Council of Museums (ICOM) said in statement published on this occasion.
ICOM also urges people to visit their national museums on this day as “International Museum Day will allow its visitors to wonder about the role of museums in our new society, in the era of new media, and to discover and rediscover how museums are looking to the future in terms of sustainable development.” according to ICOM statement.
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. Momentum has been rising unabated ever since.
In 2011, International Museum Day garnered record‐breaking participation with almost 30,000 museums hosting events in more than 120 countries.
ICOM (International Council of Museums), created in 1946, is an international nongovernmental organization maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. Within the United Nations, ICOM has a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.
ICOM published at its website that ICOM is:
- A diplomatic forum made up of representatives from 137 countries and territories
- Standards of excellence for museums including ethics (ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums)
- A unique international network of more than 30,000 museum professionals around the world
- A think‐tank composed of 31 International Committees, which represent museums’ specialties
- Missions of international public service notably in the fight against illicit traffic of cultural property and emergency programs in the case of natural disasters or armed conflicts.
ICOM is the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals on a global level.
Syrian people hope that their museums, the national and other traditional ones, would be kept safety amid unrest in the country.
The General Directorate of Museums in Syria said that all Museums all over Syria would be allow free admission for their visitors in Celebration for the International Museum Day May 18,2012, and Syrian people have also been invited to visit their museums on Friday, 18thof May 2012, and to enjoy a glimpse on their National History and Culture.