Curators and the curious unite for International Museum Day

Poster for International Museum Day 2014 (ICOM 2014)

Poster for International Museum Day 2014 (ICOM 2014)


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Special tours, late openings, reduced or free entry and family activities are highlights of the International Council of Museums' annual public event, set for May 18.

Organized by the International Council of Museums, which is headquartered in Paris, this year's International Museum Day coincides with the European Night of Museums, a French initiative taking place on May 17 that has become an opportunity to woo patrons of the arts and members of the general public alike.

With this year's IDM taking the theme of "Museum collections make connections," participating institutions in the Americas include the National Museum of Brazil in Rio, Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paolo, New York's Staten Island Museum and the Oakland Museum of California, as well as the Seattle Art Museum.

In Shanghai, 122 museums will be open free of charge over the weekend, with 40 of them remaining open until 9pm on the 18th, while Malaysia's State Museum, the Suita City Museum of art in Osaka and the Black Diamond Heritage Centre, 80km south of Sydney in Australia, are among others taking part.

European sites include the Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Castillo de la Alameda and Planetario in Madrid, the Casa-Museu Abel Salazar in Porto, Milan's Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, and the Museum of Greek Children's Art in Athens, which is partnering with the International Museum of Childrens Art in Oslo, Norway, and the Hamada Children's Museum of Art in Japan in one of three children's art events for IDM 2014.

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