Everyday there is another day, week or month to celebrate an organisation, group or cause. So, why should museums be any different?
International Museum Day is an opportunity to celebrate the important role museums play in preserving our history, and encouraging an exploration of our future. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Every year it is celebrated worldwide around 18 May. ICOM provide many resources for museums and galleries including event and media kits for museums to download and adapt to their own organisation.
I have gathered together what I know of happening in museums and galleries in Aotearoa over the next week or so in celebration of OUR day!
If you know of any other events or special exhibitions please comment below.
Auckland Museum is providing free tours of the galleries. Gain an inside knowledge of the Museum’s remarkable collections from their guides.
Venture into the depths of the Otago Museum basement for a glimpse of the humanities objects and natural science specimens held within. Special guided tours are on offer of the collection storage areas, hosted by the people who take care of them.
Whangarei Museum and Kiwi House
Local schools and teachers are invited to bring their classes to the Museum and Kiwi House at Heritage Park for free during International Museum Week (17th-21st May).
Whangarei Art Museum
The Museum is offering free coffee and muffins on International Museum Week (17th-21st May)
Clapham’s Clocks will have a half price entry day for all members of the public on Saturday 22nd May. During the week 17th-21st May they will have free entry for school groups but this must be booked in advance. They will also have a special display on mantle clocks.
Dunedin Gasworks Museum
Visit the unique Edwardian engine house where the boiler will steam up all the original pumping plant. Enjoy a guided tour and pikelets being cooked on a gridle on an old gas stove for afternoon tea. It’s also a chance to find out more about the exciting plans and opportunities for the future. See the Museum on Channel 9 TV.
Image: Wet Room #3, Neil Pardington, Otago Museum, 2008, Lambda/c-print