The Hidden Power of Museums
To mark today's International Museum Day, numerous Slovenian museums and galleries will be offering a diverse programme to visitors, from the traditional free entrance and guided tours to new exhibitions. Museum experts will discuss the potential of Slovenian museums at a special conference. This year's leading theme is the power of museums.
To mark International Museum Day, Slovenian national museums have mounted a joint exhibition titled The Hidden Power of Museums, showcasing selected images of diverse objects, collections, or stories from the museums' holdings.
ICOM (International Council of Museums) Slovenia has staged an urban exhibition of museum posters created by individual museums and galleries in reference to this year's International Museum Day theme.
Both exhibitions will be on display at Metelkova Museum Square in front of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum. They will open at noon after the Slovenian museum experts' conference. Discussed at the conference will be the digitisation and innovation potential of Slovenian museums, the importance of international integration and cooperation, and the museums' plans for the future.
This year's International Museum Day reflects on the power of museums to achieve sustainability and contribute to innovation, accessibility and community building. Museums can help promote sustainable development and the social economy, and disseminate scientific information on environmental challenges. At the same time, they serve as innovative playgrounds for the development of new technologies. According to ICOM Slovenia, museums also connect society, build communities and contribute to shaping an informed and engaged civil society.
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has been celebrating International Museum Day on 18 May since 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Every year, the day is celebrated at over 40,000 museums in 158 countries around the world.