International Museum Day 2014, Hong Kong
Museum Collections Make Connections
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) designated the 18th of May of each year as International Museum Day (IMD) in 1977. Since 2001, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has annually organised International Museum Day, Hong Kong in mid-May with the aim of raising public awareness of the roles and functions of museums in society.
Museums constantly face changes and challenges that require them to find new strategies to attract visitors towards more accessible collections. The theme for IMD 2014 is ˇ§Museum Collections Make Connectionsˇ¨, which reminds us that a museum is an institution that preserves and communicates the past, while remaining grounded in the present. Museums form a link between generations, allowing those in the present and the future to better comprehend their origins and history. This theme also emphasizes the importance for museums to revamp traditional methods of presentation of their collections so as to remain in touch with the public. In this way, it is hoped museums can create bonds between visitors, generations and cultures from around the world.
A fantastic array of special programmes will be organised at all Leisure and Cultural Services Department museums and other participating venues on 17 and 18 May 2014 for public enjoyment. Come and join the fun! For details of IMD 2014 activities in Hong Kong, please visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/imd2014 from early April or see the announcements of individual museums.