International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977. Each year, a theme is decided on by the Advisory Committee. The event provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them to the challenges that museums face if they are to be – as in the International Council of Museum (ICOM) definition of museums – “an institution in the service of society and of its development”.
It has been recommended that this celebration be held each year on 18 May (Given that each country has its own specific traditions and conditions, we recommend that members organise their events around 18 May), in the spirit of the motto: “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples”
Singapore celebrates International Museum Day 2008 (IMD 2008 ) on the 31st May 2008. For the special occasion, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) will be opening its doors to the public on the 31st May 2008, from 10am to 8pm.
The RMBR is located in NUS, Faculty of Science, Science Drive 2, Block S6, Level 3.