The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”
Make the most of your museums by visiting and supporting them and let us know what your favourites are. Is it one of the ones below or perhaps your local museum is a secret treasure you want to let others know about?
The British Museum, London
One of the most visited attractions in the UK, the British Museum houses over eight million artefacts from across the globe. The Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon and other ancient treasures can be seen here.
The Mary Rose, Portsmouth
The Mary Rose was a warship in Henry VIII’s navy which sank in the Solent in 1545. Raised in 1982, it’s now housed in a purpose-built museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. To avoid deterioration, the ship had to be saturated with water for decades but is now dried in a climate-controlled box. Over 19,000 objects have been discovered from the ship and visitors can learn what life would have been like on one of the largest Tudor warships.
The Imperial War Museum, London
Founded in 1917 as a way of recording the civil and military war effort during WWI, the museum now covers all conflicts that British and Commonwealth forces have been involved in since 1914. The collection includes memoirs and letters written by serviceman and women as well as documents from survivors of the Holocaust.