International Museum Day: May 18, 2014

by University Communications,

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art invites the public to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 with free museum admission.

International Museum Day is organized annually by the International Council of Museums and was established in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. This year’s theme is Museum Collections Make Connections. This event provides an opportunity for museums to raise awareness of their role as institutions that both display and protect our rich heritage in creative ways, that serve society and inspire positive change. Last year 35,000 museums in more than 143 countries participated in this event.

This Year's Theme

As the world moves away from traditional methods of engagement, museums must find new ways to engage with their communities by making their collections more accessible and relevant to their stakeholders.

This theme demonstrates how museum exhibitions have the ability not only to tell a story, but to also engage with the community through shared memory.

It also encourages public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society and promotes the connection that exists between different types of collections and their audiences.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Oregon's third largest art museum features works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists, and includes a diverse collection of traditional European, American and Asian art, as well as artifacts that date from antiquity. Frequently changing exhibitions include lectures, special events, tours, artist demonstrations and educational opportunities for children and adults.

700 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
(Located on the corner of State St. and Cottage St.)

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