Every year, museums around the world host International Museum Day (IMD) on or around 18 May, the date originally designated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 to celebrate the significant role played by these custodians of knowledge. Since 2001, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has organised an array of art, culture and museum extension activities in mid-May every year with the aim of raising public awareness about the roles and functions of museums in society.
Our world is changing faster than ever. New technology spreads new ideas, transmits gigabytes of information, delivers news of an increasingly unstable climate – swiftly, widely, virally. The theme for IMD 2012 is Museums in a Changing World: New Challenges, New Inspirations. Prompting visitors to reflect on the role of museums in our rapidly evolving society and this era of new media, IMD 2012 will focus on how museums are responding to the challenges of the future and creating the basis for their own sustainable development.
Admission to all Leisure and Cultural Services Department museums and other participating venues will be free*, and a number of special programmes have been organised on 19 and 20 May 2012 for the public to enjoy. Come and join the fun! For details of IMD 2012 activities in Hong Kong, please look out for announcements from the individual museums.
* EXCEPT Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Heritage Museum Special Exhibition "PICASSO – Masterpieces from Musée National Picasso, Paris", film programmes at the Hong Kong Film Archive and Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences.