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Museum Lover's Day – May 5, 2023

Museum Lover’s Day, on May 5 each year, is when all appreciators of museums come together to celebrate their favorite place to hang out, spend their time, or check out different kinds of art and expositions.

History of Museum Lover's Day

Museums have been around since the ancient world. They are buildings in which objects of great historical and cultural value are safely kept and displayed to the public. The first site to be considered a museum was found by archeologists who date it back to 500 B.C. and it’s located in modern Iraq. Another ancient museum is the Museum of Alexandria, which was connected to the Library of Alexandria. Its architecture inspired the one you see in museums built during the Renaissance.

During the Age of Enlightenment, many museums were founded to preserve historical artifacts and pieces that contributed to the development of humanity as a whole. In Europe, universities were responsible for founding some of the most important museums which exist to this day, such as the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. In the United States, several museums began to appear a while later, with multiple items from across the globe. There are many controversies involving the true ownership of certain items displayed in European and American exhibitions, as a lot of them originate from different countries than the museums themselves.

Museums take a lot of staff. Historians, educators, curators, and artists are all a part of the management of a museum. These people are entrusted with the task of preserving not only the objects displayed but the museum’s structure itself. These environments are considered to be safe havens, especially because of the importance of the items they hold and are kept safe by the Blue Shield International organization during times of conflict and war.

Museum Lover's Day timeline

500 B.C.
The First Museum

Archeologists find a site that works as a museum and dates back to around 500 B.C.

1683
The First Public Museum is Founded

The Ashmolean Museum, set up by the University of Oxford, is considered to be the very first museum open to the public.

1759
The British Museum Opens To All

A museum that was only available to the upper classes finally opens its doors to the public.

1793
The Louvre Opens

The Louvre Museum is opened in Paris, during the French Revolution.

Museum Lover's Day FAQs

What defines a museum?

A museum is an institution that preserves, researches, and collects artifacts, objects, or pieces of great historical and cultural value to humanity.

What is the importance of a museum?

Museums collect all sorts of artifacts that are considered meaningful to the development of our culture as a society. Objects in museums usually hold a lot of historical, and even religious value.

Why is it called a museum?

The word ‘museum’ originates from the Greek ‘mouseion’ which means “seat of the Muses.” This expression was used to designate places where people went to contemplate, also known as philosophical institutions.

Museum Lover's Day Activities

  1. Go to a museum

    It’s the best day to go visit one. Why not check out that cool exhibition you’ve been curious to see since it began at your local museum?

  2. Check out an online exhibition

    Many museums allow online visitation for those who are unable to visit in person. Go ahead and check out those pretty pieces from the comfort of your own home!

  3. Paint something

    You can always celebrate your love for art by doing it yourself! Gather paper, pens, pencils, and some paint to create something to display in your own home!

5 Facts About Museums You’ll Love

  1. There’s a museum for ramen

    In Japan, there’s the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, named after the creator of instant noodles.

  2. Mexico has the smallest mummy

    The Museum of Mummies in Mexico is home to the world’s smallest mummy ever seen!

  3. There’s a museum for heartbreak

    In Croatia, the Museum of Broken Relationships displays a bunch of items, and even notes left by former partners to each other.

  4. There’s a museum for fries

    In Belgium, the Frietmuseum is dedicated to researching and compiling facts about potato fries, and even a tasting booth for you to try some!

  5. There’s a bad museum

    Believe it or not, there’s a museum dedicated to showing only the worst pieces of art in Massachusetts called the Museum of Bad Art!

Why We Love Museum Lover's Day

  1. It celebrates art

    This day is all about celebrating the importance and beauty of art! See what you can do on this day to celebrate!

  2. It brings more people to museums

    People don’t usually go to museums, so this is a great day to visit one and check out many different pieces! You never know what you might find.

  3. It promotes historical preservation

    Museums are the home of many important artifacts found by archeologists and are filled with all the best resources to preserve them! There’s a world awaiting you at your local museum.

Museum Lover's Day dates

YearDateDay
2023May 5Friday
2024May 5Sunday
2025May 5Monday
2026May 5Tuesday
2027May 5Wednesday

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