International Museum Day 2010: Museums for Social Harmony


International Museum Day was created in 1977 by ICOM. Its aim is to make the general public aware of how important museums are in developing society.

In 2010, the theme of International Museum Day was ‘Museums for Social Harmony’. It was widely celebrated across the continents: 30 000 museums around the world in 96 countries participated in the operation, officially launched by ICOM Director General at the ICOM Pavilion of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo on 18 May 2010 in Shanghai.

Regional partnerships

On Saturday 16 May, 2010, in Europe, the 6th edition of the European night of museums announced International Museum Day. In the US, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) took part in the event by offering free or reduced‐rate tickets in the 20,000 member museums in the US, Canada and Mexico.

From the most serious activities to the most fascinating

On and around 18 May, 2010, the global community of museums celebrated International Museum Day and, as always, exercised their imagination by organising discovery tours by day or night, fascinating visits, workshops and conferences for all ages.

From national to local activities, the 2010 edition of International Museum Day proved to be a highly memorable day. Yoga sessions were organised in some Spanish museums, Canada showed around interactive virtual rooms, and in Senegal, a theatre afternoon, an essay competition, a debate-dinner and a cultural evening were enjoyed by old and young!

A list of activities organised around the world can be found in the press release on International Museum Day 2010 (see download below)

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International
  • Local
  • National


  • Promouvoir une connaissance mutuelle de la diversité culturelle, ethnique, linguistique, religieuse
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

International Council of Museums

Documents à télécharger

16/05/2010 - 18/05/2010