Along with the rest of the world, on Wednesday 18 May FMM will be promoting the 38th annual International Museum Day, which is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. Each year the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Advisory Committee organises the theme of the event, which this year will be Museums and Cultural Landscapes. This theme implies that museums have a certain responsibility towards the landscapes where they are located, to which they are able to bring their own specific knowledge and skills. The main mission of museums is to oversee the safekeeping and protection of the heritage that lies both within and beyond their walls. The cultural landscape is proposed as “the country where we live, which surrounds us with the images and symbols that identify and characterise it”. According to this vision, the landscape is considered as the context – geographic, historical, economic, social and cultural – in which museums exist and operate.

International Museums Day’s popularity stretches from America to Oceania including Africa, Europe and Asia, and last year more than 35 000 museums in 145 countries on five continents organised celebrations. As usual, FMM will be lending its support, and the entrance fee will be half price to everyone on the day. MM