International Museum Day
Let's spend a night at the museum!

When: May 18th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

There are many museums that should appeal to a variety of interests.  Today is the day to go a visit one, and see what type of treasures await you by exploring the art, archaeology or historical artifacts at your nearest museum.  Another family friendly way to celebrate the day is by watching the movie "Night at the Museum."  You could also get inspiration by joining or volunteering at your nearest museum.


According to the United States government, there are more than 35,000 museums in the US.


A museum is defined as an institution that cares for a collection of artifacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical, or of scientific importance. The purpose of modern museums is to collect, preserve, interpret, and display objects of artistic, cultural, or scientific significance for the education of the public. There are many types of museums, including art museums, natural history museums, science museums, war museums, and children's museums. The world's largest and visited museums include the Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Some of the most interesting artifacts in regard to Archaeology are located in Egypt in the city of Alexandria.

Interesting Facts

  1. According to the International Council of Museums, there are more than 55,000 museums in 202 countries.
  2. The Louvre museum in Paris receives over 10 million visitors per year.
  3. London, England has 4 of the top 10 visited museums in the world.
  4. The Capitoline Museums, offer the oldest public collection of art in the world, began in 1471 when Pope Sixtus IV donated a group of important ancient sculptures to the people of Rome.
  5. The Peristylia hall in National Museum of Indonesia in Jakarta, is the largest and oldest museums in Indonesia.


  • May 18th
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