Theme for 2023’s International Museum Day revealed

The May event from ICOM will take inspiration from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

ICOM, the International Council for Museums, has revealed the theme 2023 International Museum Day.

Each year since 2020, the International Museum Day has been launched in support of a set of Goals from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Taking place in May 2023, next year’s event will focus on ‘Museums, Sustainability and Wellbeing’.

The theme has been chosen because museums are “key contributors to the wellbeing and to the sustainable development of our communities”, the organisation said.

It said “all museums have a role to play in shaping and creating sustainable futures, and they can do this through educational programmes, exhibitions, community outreach and research.”

“There are many ways in which museums can contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: from supporting climate action and fostering inclusivity, to tackling social isolation and improving mental health.”

ICOM said it will focus on three of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; Global Health and Wellbeing, Climate Action, and ‘Life on Land’, a goal to “protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, amplifying the voices of indigenous leaders and raising awareness on the loss of biodiversity.”

On May 18th, we encourage all members of the civil society to come together and realise the full transformative potential that museums have for sustainable development and wellbeing!