Int’l Museum Day on May 18

Islamabad—International Museum Day would be observed across the globe including Pakistan on May 18 with theme “Museum and Cultural Landscapes”. The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day with befitting manner. National History and Literary Heritage Division, Department of Archeology and Museum, Lok Virsa, Museums across all four provinces would arrange special ceremonies to observe the International Day. For an hour, a night or an entire week, participants are free to mark this unifying, universal occasion, which turns 38 this year, as they see fit.
In 2016, the theme of the International Museum Day will be “Museums and Cultural Landscapes”, also at the heart of debates that will take place during the International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference, to be held in Milan from July 3 to 9, 2016.
This theme implies that museums have a certain responsibility towards the landscapes where they are located, to which they are able to bring their own specific knowledge and skills.
The main mission of museums is to oversee the safekeeping and protection of the heritage that lies both within and beyond their walls.
In the Siena Charter, the cultural landscape is proposed as “the country where we live, which surrounds us with the images and symbols that identify and characterize it.” According to this vision, the landscape is considered as the context – geographic, historical, economic, social and cultural – in which museums exist and operate.—APP

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