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Celebrate International Museum Day 2024

From famous paintings and drawings to elegant sculptures and architecture, museums around the world have been collecting, storing, displaying and providing insight into humankind’s history for centuries. They provide a platform to learn about the rich as well as tragic history of the world in a fascinating and enjoyable way. You can learn about different cultural values and connect with wider society in an interesting educational environment. In 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) introduced International Museum Day (IMD) to celebrate and promote the efforts of museums and draw the attention of the public worldwide on 18th May every year. Join us at English Path as we learn about the role of museums around the world and how you can celebrate International Museum Day 2024. Let’s go! 

International Museum Day 2024 theme

Each year, the ICOM chooses a theme which all participating countries and museums use to organise various enjoyable and free activities to promote the role of museums worldwide. The theme for International Museum Day 2024 is “Museums for Education and Research.” It highlights the importance of cultural institutions and their role in providing a complete educational experience. 

The theme for International Museum Day 2024 encourages people to be more aware, adopt sustainable practices, and be inclusive by highlighting how museums can promote learning and creativity at the same time. By inviting people of all backgrounds to visit museums and explore their collections, International Museum Day aims to inspire curiosity, broaden perspectives, and foster understanding and appreciation of the world's diverse cultural heritage. 

The role of museums around the world

Museums serve as the gatekeepers and bookkeepers of history. They help preserve the treasures of the past, document the stories of the present and enlighten the path for future generations. Keep reading to learn about their role in our world. 

Collecting and preserving history 

Museums play an important role in protecting our history. They act as guardians of artefacts and documents, each with their own unique story. Museums can help you learn about different cultures, societies, and the people who came before us. By collecting and displaying these objects, museums can help you connect with your heritage and help you understand your place in the world. 

Encouraging future generations 

Museums not only document the present but also inspire the future. By showcasing art, science, and technology from the present, they ignite a spark of curiosity and creativity in current and future generations. They encourage people to work together, be creative and come up with innovative ideas. In this way, we can continue to learn and grow as a society. 

Engaging and enjoyable places to learn 

Museums are more than just educational institutions. They are vibrant and captivating places for you to learn and have fun. There are many museums that are designed specifically for students like you, such as Eureka in Halifax and the Natural History Museum and Science Museum in London. These museums host interactive exhibits and activities that transform learning into a thrilling adventure, guiding you to explore and discover new things in an enjoyable way. 

How can you celebrate International Museum Day 2024

There are so many ways to celebrate International Museum Day on 18th May 2024. Here are a few ideas to help you get started: 

  1. Visit a local museum this International Museum Day, including one you haven’t been to before and immerse yourself in history, art, or culture.  
  2. Go museum hopping with your friends and family to explore multiple museums in your city.  
  3. Volunteer your time by helping out at a museum to gain valuable experience and support their educational mission.  
  4. Explore the fascinating world of museums from your sofa on International Museum Day by watching and reading about them online. 
  5. Participate in special events and activities organised by museums on International Museum Day.  
  6. Share your experience of visiting a local museum by posting photos and stories on your social media.  
  7. Learn about a museum exhibit that interests you. You can even use it as inspiration for a future research project.  
  8. Create art inspired by a painting, drawing, artefact or even just the architecture of the museum you saw online or in person.  
  9. Listen to a podcast about museums to learn more about their collections and research projects.  
  10. Connect with a museum expert online this International Museum Day to learn about career opportunities in this fascinating field. 

Explore museums nearby English Path Schools

English Path has various language schools across the world. On this International Museum Day, you can explore the many museums near our schools during your free time or at weekends. You can also join our social program and explore these museums with your classmates. Let's take a look at some of these museums. 


  • The British Museum 
  • Natural History Museum 
  • Victoria and Albert Museum 
  • National Maritime Museum 
  • Sir John Soane's Museum 


  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 
  • Aston Hall 
  • Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum 
  • Soho House Museum 
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 


  • Leeds City Museum 
  • Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills 
  • Leeds Discovery Centre 
  • Royal Armouries Museum  
  • Horsforth Village Museum 
  • Abbey House Museum 


  • Manchester Museum 
  • People's History Museum 
  • National Football Museum 
  • Science and Industry Museum 
  • Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives 


  • National Museum of Ireland - Natural History 
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology 
  • Irish Whiskey Museum 
  • The Little Museum of Dublin 
  • Kilmainham Gaol 


  • Royal Ontario Museum 
  • Hockey Hall of Fame 
  • Ontario Science Centre 
  • Art Gallery of Ontario 
  • Ontario Science Centre 


  • National Museum of Archaeology 
  • Casa Rocca Piccola 
  • Palace Armoury 
  • MUZA - Museum of Fine Arts 
  • The Malta Classic Car Collection 


  • Dubai Museum 
  • Museum of The Future 
  • Etihad Museum 
  • Al Shindagha Museum - Dubai Creek: Birth of a City 
  • House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum 

Just like museums, at English Path, we do more than just teach English. We offer you a unique, immersive experience that takes learning beyond the classroom. Our innovative social programme provides you with the opportunity to practice your language skills in interactive and fun ways. As a part of this programme, we take you on exciting adventures, and yes, that includes trips to museums! Join us on this International Museum Day for a language-learning experience like no other. 

Frequently asked questions about International Museum Day

Q1. Why is International Museum Day celebrated?

A1. The International Council of Museums introduced International Museum Day (IMD) in 1977. Celebrated annually on 18th May, IMD aims to raise awareness about the importance of museums around the world. Museums are fascinating places where people can learn about different cultures and share ideas. They are also a way for people from various backgrounds to learn about each other and their history. 

Q2. What is the theme for International Museum Day 2024?

A2. The theme for International Museum Day 2024 is “Museums for Education and Research.” All the participating nations and museums around the world will organise events and activities related to this theme. 

Q3. How many countries celebrate International Museum Day?

A3. The first International Museum Day was celebrated in 22 countries on 18th May 1978. Since then, it has become a global event, with thousands of museums and cultural institutions participating each year. In 2023, more than 37,000 museums in about 158 countries and territories participated in the annual event, organising a variety of events such as exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, and lectures. 

Q4. Who started International Museum Day?

A4. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day as a special day to celebrate museums around the world. Their aim is to bring museums worldwide together and highlight their crucial role in fostering understanding, promoting peace, and embracing different cultures. 

Q5. How can I celebrate International Museum Day?

A5. You can make the most of International Museum Day by not just visiting multiple museums with your loved ones but also by actively participating in the events and activities organised by museums. This way, you can learn more about the theme of the year and truly experience the spirit of International Museum Day.