Today is International Museum Day

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Today is International Museum Day (IMD) and it’s an annual celebration that is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of museums and the critical role it plays in the preservation of cultural heritage, promoting education, and fostering intercultural dialogue.

It was first established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 and has since become a global event celebrated by museums and cultural institutions worldwide. Through Pacific Island Museums Association (PIMA), Falemata’aga is a current member and has committed to commemorating IMD since 2020.

It’s been four years since the Museum of Samoa became a member. The theme for this year; “Museums, Sustainability, and Well-being/Falemta’aga, Gafataulimaina ma Soifua Manuia”

The core objective for hosting a first EXPOSITION EVENT for MESC leads on from the dedicated theme for 2023.

The event will bring together Samoa’s very own museum and cultural institutions providing opportunities to showcase their collections and engage with the public in new and meaningful ways. It is a day for celebrating the important role museums play in preserving our history and cultural heritage.

Essentially, this year’s theme entrusted a focus where museums are key contributors to the well-being and sustainable development of our communities. As trusted institutions and important threads in our shared coal fabric, they are uniquely placed to create a cascading effect to foster positive change.

There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity to tackling isolation and improving mental health.

The event is open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm. The invitation is opened for public viewing and an experience to see the varying work Museums can offer.