May 18 marks International Day of Museums

May 18 marks International Day of Museums

Nazrin Abdul

May 18 marks the globally celebrated International Museum Day,
established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to
foster cultural exchange and cooperation among nations,
Azernews reports.

This year, under the theme “Museums, Education, and Research,”
the day underscores the pivotal role of museums in society.

In Azerbaijan, where ancient history intertwines with a vibrant
cultural legacy, the significance of this day is important. Museum
development in the country traces back to the late 19th century,
with initiatives such as the Nehram village school museum in
Nakhchivan, championed by renowned writer Jalil Mammadguluzade.

The National Leader Heydar Aliyev, recognizing the invaluable
role of museums in safeguarding Azerbaijan’s national historical
and cultural heritage, consistently prioritized the expansion and
enhancement of the museum network throughout the republic.

Under his initiative, monuments, apartments, and history museums
dedicated to prominent figures of Azerbaijani culture such as
Uzeyir Hajibeyli, Huseyn Javid, Jalil Mammadguluzade, Mammad Said
Ordubadi, Jafar Jabbarli, Bulbul, Samad Vurgun, and Niyazi were
established in various regions.

Upon his return to power in 1993, Heydar Aliyev propelled museum
work to new heights. A national consultation of museum
professionals in 1993 paved the way for legislation, culminating in
the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Museums” in 2000,
providing a robust legal framework for museum activities.

Today, Azerbaijani museums stand as bastions of cultural
preservation and dissemination, embodying the nation’s rich
tapestry of history and heritage. They serve as hubs for education,
research, and public engagement, contributing to the collective
memory and identity of the Azerbaijani people.

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