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Museum Day 2022



ICOM has been organizing the International Museum Day for over 40 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and the cultural sector are among the most affected. Nevertheless, this crisis serves as a catalyst for crucial innovations, notably an increased focus on the creation of new forms of cultural experience and dissemination.

With this call, many Wikimedia affiliates worldwide want to give an impulse to support this initiative, despite the actual circumstances, where culture knows no borders and lives on virtually. Many museums have adapted their operations to support virtual formats, released high resolution images and information under a free license and organize virtual collection tours.

Date 4 TO 18 MAY 2022
General Contact imd2022(_AT_)wikimail.info
Contact for press

Join our Wikidata Competition!
and improve the content about museums in all participating countries and regions.

Consult the geographical museums map for linked Wikimedia content!
and contribute content about museums in Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Join a local event!
and support the initiative together with others.

The project is coordinated by Wikimedia Switzerland (WMCH) and Wikimedia Austria (WMAT) and supported by many other Wikimedia organizations. You can reach the project team via imd2022(_AT_)wikimail.info.

We thank all the volunteers engaging in our projects and we hope you will continue to make a contribution to free cultural knowledge by adding and completing the Wikimedia projects on topics related to the theme of International Museum Day 2022
"The Power of Museums".

The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

In keeping with Museum Day and this year's focus, we invite you to help us in completing and improving the presence of museums on the Wikimedia projects.

Thank you for participating!

The Power of Museums

International Museum Day 2022 will focus on the transformative power of museums to bring about positive changes in their communities.

As incomparable places of discovery, museums teach us about our past and open our minds to new ideas — two essential steps in building a better future. On International Museum Day 2022, which will take place on May 18th, we want to explore the potential of museums to bring about positive change in their communities through three lenses:

  • The power of achieving sustainability: Museums are strategic partners in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. As key actors in their local communities, they contribute to a wide variety of Goals, which include fostering short-circuit and social economy and disseminating scientific information on environmental challenges.
  • The power of innovating on digitalisation and accessibility: Museums have become innovative playing-grounds where new technologies can be developed and applied to everyday life. Digital innovation can make museums more accessible and engaging, helping audiences understand complex and nuanced concepts.
  • The power of community building through education: Through its collections and programmes, museums thread a social fabric that is essential in community building. By upholding democratic values and providing life-long learning opportunities to all, they contribute to shaping an informed and engaged civil society.

Participate in the Wikidata Competition

If you are interested in Wikidata, participate in our Wikidata contest and help us improve and inject data into Wikidata to complete the geographical visualization on museums in the participating countries and regions.

Wikidata Competition!

Consult the geographical museums maps for linked Wikimedia content

The following geographical maps locate the museums in all participating countries and regions based on Wikidata records. If you want to know which museums already have a Wikipedia article and which do not, as well as the respective quality of the article, you can find out by using the link to the interactive maps below. Have fun exploring!

Hungary (Q28) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/hungarian-museums
Sweden (Q34) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/swedish-museums/
Poland (Q36) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/polish-museums
Italy (Q38) and San Marino (Q238) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/italian-museums
Switzerland (Q39) and Liechtenstein (Q347) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/swiss-museums/
Austria (Q40) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/austrian-museums/
Netherlands (Q55) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/dutch-museums
Uruguay (Q77) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/uruguayan-museums/
France (Q142) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/french-museums/
United Kingdom (Q145) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/british-museums/
Germany (Q183) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/german-museums/
Ukraine (Q212) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/ukrainian-museums
Malta (Q233) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/maltese-museums
Indonesia (Q252) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/indonesian-museums/
Chile (Q298) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/chilean-museums
Armenia (Q399) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/armenian-museums
Serbia (Q403) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/serbian-museums/
Argentina (Q414) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/argentine-museums
Chad (Q657) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/tchad-museums/
Benin (Q962) map follows
Botswana (Q963) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/botswana-museums
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Q974) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/congo-kinshasa-museums/
Guinea (Q1006) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/guinean-museums/
Nigeria (Q1033) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/nigerian-museums/
Uganda (Q1036) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/ugandan-museums/
Rwanda (Q1037) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/rwanda-museums/
West Bengal (Q1356) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/museums-west-bengal
Croatia (Q224) https://map.wikimedia.swiss/v/croatian-museums

Participating Wikimedia organizations

Local events

Here you can find dates and links to local Wikimedia events around the International Museum Day 2022.

May 3, 2022 Taller en línea: Wikidata para principiantes Silva Selva / Wikimedia Austria (Q18559623) Spanish (Q1321)
May 6, 2022 Taller en línea: WikiShootme (para principiantes) Angie Cervellera (WMAR) /

Wikimedia Argentina (Q18559618)

Spanish (Q1321)
May 9, 2022 Online workshop: Wikidata for beginners Tobias1984 / Volunteer Supporters Network (Q75713565) English (Q1860)
May 10, 2022 Journée internationale des musées : Faisons des étincelles avec SPARQL VIGNERON French (Q150)
May 11, 2022 Online-Workshop: Wikidata für Neulinge Tobias1984 / Wikimedia Austria (Q18559623) German (Q188)
May 12, 2022 Online workshop: Tools for Wikidata competitions Manfred Werner (WMAT) / Volunteer Supporters Network (Q75713565) English (Q1860)
May 12, 2022-May 18, 2022 Progetto:WikiDonne/Giornata internazionale dei musei 2022 Camelia Boban / WikiDonne User Group (Q42767069) Italian (Q652)
May 14, 2022 Temu Data Hari Museum Internasional Rima H (WMID) / Wikimedia Indonesia‎ (Q13098516) Indonesian (Q9240)
May 14, 2022–May 17, 2022 Structured datathon on Wikimedia Commons Harditaher (WMID) / Wikimedia Indonesia‎ (Q13098516) Indonesian (Q9240)
May 16, 2022 GLAM digital zum Internationalen Museumstag 2022 Holger Plickert (WMDE) / Wikimedia Deutschland (Q8288) German (Q188)
May 17, 2022 Wspólne edytowanie wikidanych z okazji Międzynarodowego Dnia Muzeów 2022 Kamila Neuman (WMPL) / Wikimedia Poland (Q9346299) Polish (Q809)
May 18, 2022 Webinar Hari Museum Internasional Harditaher (WMID) / Wikimedia Indonesia‎ (Q13098516) Indonesian (Q9240)
May 18, 2022 Wikidata-redigering om kulturarv och museer i Sörmland Tore Danielsson (WMSE) / Sörmland Museum (Q5095323) Swedish (Q9027)
May 18, 2022 Celebrating the International Museums Day 2022 with the Nigerian National Museum, Lagos Olaniyan Olushola / Nigerian National Museum, Lagos (Q1311732) English (Q1860)
May 18, 2022 Connecting Open Data on Wikidata for International Museum Day 2022 with Heritage Malta (Q3785211) Enrique Tabone / Wikimedia Community User Group Malta (Q28953891) English (Q1860)

Press inquiries

For any press inquiries related to the Wikimedia activities around the International Museum Day 2022, please contact in German, English or French:

Kerstin Sonnekalb
Outreach & Communication Manager, Wikimedia CH

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