18th European Night of Museums






Since 1997, the European Night of Museums has been celebrated at the weekend preceeding the International Museum Day.

The International Museum Day is an annual holiday celebrated on 18 May, established in 1977 by the UNESCO International Council of Museums (ICOM). It provides an opportunity to draw attention to the challenges faced by museum professionals according to the Council's motto: Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. Since 1992, ICOM's Advisory Committee has set a theme for each year's celebration.

Unlocking Knowledge: International Museum Day 2024 Unveils ‘Museums for Education and Research’

This year’s theme, “Museums for Education and Research,” aims to underscore the significance of museums as dynamic educational institutions fostering learning, discovery, and cultural understanding.

Gabor Palotai (Gabor Palotai Design), celebrated for an award winning avant-garde design philosophy, has lent its artistic prowess to create a visually striking and conceptually profound poster that encapsulates the essence of the theme. The poster, set against a sophisticated black background, features the iconic museum ‘M’ in various vibrant colors, symbolizing the diverse spectrum of knowledge that museums impart to the world. The abstract composition is a visual metaphor for the vast repository of information housed within museums, waiting to be explored and shared.


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The International Museum Day, established by ICOM and celebrated annually on May 18th, serves as a global platform to promote the role of museums in cultural exchange and development. Museums worldwide will join forces to organize events, exhibitions, and educational programs centered around the theme, emphasizing the invaluable contribution of museums to society.

Each year since 2020, the International Museum Day supports a set of Goals from the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In 2024, we will focus on:
Goal 4: Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

As museums prepare to engage audiences through a myriad of activities, the International Museum Day 2024 promises to be an enriching and enlightening celebration.
For IMD 2024 we want to invite people to rethink education and imagine a future where knowledge sharing transcends barriers; where innovation unites with tradition. Join us as we explore the wealth of knowledge museums have to offer and, together, build a more informed and inclusive world!

For more information about International Museum Day 2024 and to download the official poster, visit www.imd.icom.museum.

Content by ICOM icom.musuem/en/news