Today is International Museum Day!
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established this day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the deveopment of society. This year, the suggested theme is Museum Collections make Connections. This theme reminds us that museums are living institutions that helo create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures around the world.
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 and it allows present and future generations to better comprehend their origins. Collaborations between museums are occurring worldwide; an important cultural exchange of knowledge and experience. Travelling exhibits, art displays, artifacts and other worldly items stem from one corner of the world to another though museums for the public to connect with , relate to and enjoy.
In 2013, 35,000 museums from 143 countries on five continents participated in International Museums Day.
Why not disperse yourself in our local history and visit one of our regions local museums;
1. The Oil Sands Discovery Centre, http://history.alberta.ca/oilsands/
2. Heritage Park Museum, http://www.fortmcmurrayhistory.com/
3. Bi-Centennial Museum in Fort Chipewyan, http://public.museums.ab.ca/museums.cfm?ItemID=46
For more information regarding International Museum Day or the ICOM, please visit www.icom.museum