Top facts about museums: the Spam Museum at Austin, Minnesota, has ‘Spambassadors’ giving out Spam cubes on sticks; the Museum of Death in Hollywood includes a head severed by the guillotine in France and Liberace’s stuffed cat; the Garbage Museum in Stratford, Connecticut, closed in 2011 after 16 years exhibiting rubbish.
Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 18.
This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.
International Council of Museums (ICOM) Advisory Committee organises the theme of this event that, given the high number of countries involved, lasts a day, a weekend, a week or even a month.
From America to Oceania including Africa, Europe and Asia, this international event has confirmed its popularity.
These recent years, International Museum Day has been experiencing its highest involution with almost 30,000 museums that organised activities in more than 120 countries.