International Museum Day 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Today is International Museum Day. Sadly, we cannot visit any museums today because of our work schedules.

This year’s theme is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”.

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The official poster of the IMD 2017. The poster “reflects the challenge of addressing contested histories and taboos and saying the unspeakable in museums.”

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) said that “History is a vital tool for defining a given people’s identity, and each of us defines ourselves through important and fundamental historic events. Contested histories are unfortunately not isolated traumatic events. These histories, which are often little known or misunderstood, resonate universally, as they concern and affect us all.”

The role of the museums today is to encourage visitors to think beyond their on individual experiences through showing how museums display and depict traumatic memories.

“By focusing on the role of museums as hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people, this theme highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.”, ICOM added.

Here are the museums in Metro Manila who took part in this global event:

Ayala Museum

Bahay Tsinoy

Casa Manila

MET Museum Manila

Museo Pambata

National Museum of the Philippines

If missed the chance to visit these museums mentioned above, you still have a chance to visit the Lopez Museum this Saturday, May 20!

Though this is a late post, we would still like to express gratitude to the participating museums in our country for consistently taking part in this special occasion.

Lastly, here are some fun facts about the International Museum Day:

Were you able to visit any of these museums at the IMD 2017? Tell us about your experience!

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