International Museum Day

If you’re traveling this May, or even if you’re just staying put, check if your city is participating in the International Museum Day. Celebrated in May 18 every year, participating museums all over the world either have an event scheduled on that date or a series of events held around that time. For some participating museums, they hold an open house, wherein admission fees for the museums and exhibits are waived. This is awesome news for all budget travelers.

National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore


I was lucky enough to be in Singapore last year, where there are over a dozen participating museums. I was only able to visit two though, the Peranakan Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. Getting into the National Museum for free was a great treat — I was able to experience two of their exhibits for free as well!

If you’re in Singapore, mark May 23 in your calendars, because that’s the date of the IMD 2010 Open House Day. Among the participating museums in Singapore are the Asian Civilisations Museum, Malay Heritage Centre, Peranakan Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Art Museum and the red dot design museum.

In Japan, the Tokyo National Museum will have free admission to regular exhibits on May 18, while in Hong Kong, a huge number of museums will have free admission on May 15 and 16 except for the Antiquities and Monuments Office, Central Conservation Section, Hong Kong Science Museum Special Exhibition Hall and the Stanley Ho Space Theatre.

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For a complete listing of participating countries, visit the International Museum Day page at the International Council of Museums website.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 2 Comments
  1. Cat says:

    Nice! Are you visiting any museums in your area (or traveling to any)? I haven’t been checking the local events here, but I will, thanks to this post. 😉

  2. nina says:

    Cat: Nah, the only museum participating in the Philippines is in Mindanao. Not going anywhere in that region this May 🙁 Make that not really going anywhere this May lol

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