Flags of (almost all) countries based out of which museum & heritage workers engaged with IMWD2017.

On Monday June 29th, 2015, thousands of museums, museums associations, and museum profssionals in more than thirty countries celebrated the 1st International Hug A Museum Worker Day (now INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM WORKERS DAY).

An advocacy project of MUSEUMVIEWS, the idea of an International Hug A Museum Worker Day emerged from a combination of an equally fun and yet informative project (Hug A Medievalist) and Homa’s experiences as an academically trained museologist, and a filmmaker.

Thursday June 29th marked the 3rd International Museum Workers Day #IMWD2017, an advocacy project initiated by MUSEUMVIEWS.

To celebrate #IMWD2017, we invited museum and heritage workers from around the globe – including artists, scholars, art historians, scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists, curators, filmmakers, performance artists, designers & many other whose expertise, years of experiences and dedication help create, discover, preserve, and disseminate our tangible and non-tangible cultural heritage.

From among the 150+ countries that engaged with #IMWD2017, some of the inspiring participants were based out of:
Bhutan, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Moldova, Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Mozambique, Ghana, Cameroon, Belaize, Oman, Madagascar, Jordan, Swaziland, Botswana, Congo, Jamaica, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Zimbabwi, Benin, Vietnam, Papa New Guinea, Suriname, Brunei, Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Malaysia, Burkina Faso, Togo, Dominican Republic, Mali, Rwanda, Chad, Senegal, South Africa, Yemen … & numerous others …
IMWD2017 were equally thrilled to have the participation of:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Musee Louvre
Galleria degli Uffizi
El Museo Soumaya
Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin
The Gardner
Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro
International Center of Photography
American Federation of Arts
LA Opera
Hispanic Society of America
National Museum Philippines
AAMers (& Future of Museums)
Museum Directors
ICOM Canada
ICOM Italia
& very many others…

Needless to say, this is across various social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WeChat, a handful of email (registrations), and especially LinkedIn:


As you may guess, we are still not done counting all museum & heritage workers’ participations during the event. So, stay tuned for more …

Selection of international media’s coverage of IMWD2017:

Al Bagatti Valsecchi aperitivo e celebrazioni per il Museum Workers day! Milano Post (Italy)

Int’l Museum Workers Day: Magic and the Magicians, GiGlee Magazine (India)

Museumsmitarbeiter: Warum wir sie lieben sollten, Museumswissenschaft (Germany)

 Settimana densa al Bagatti Valsecchi! Italia Art Magazine (Italy)

Doppio aperitivo e celebrazioni per il Museum Workers day! Tribunale di Milano (Italy)


VIDEO “In occasione del Museum Workers day 2017 alcuni membri dello staff del Museo Bagatti Valsecchi di Milano raccontano perchè piace loro lavorare nella casa museo di via Gesù.” by Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, in Milan, Italy 


Map of (almost all) countries based out of which museum & heritage workers engaged with IMWD2017.


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