May is Museum Month 2020

May is Museum Month


International Museum Day 2020


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A Message from OMA President Paul Robertson

Read the President's full Message HERE.


“Museums in Ontario have been hard hit by closures due to COVID-19, leaving them unable to welcome visitors to their sites, run education programs, and fundraise to support their continuing operations. Support from their communities and from all levels of government is essential for Ontario’s museums to recover and develop new ways of working.  May is Museum Month / Mai, Mois, des Musées and International Museum Day are an opportunity to remind us that Ontario museums can help our province rebuild and emerge stronger from the global pandemic. This May, enjoy an online visit to an Ontario museum!”

-Marie Lalonde, OMA Executive Director

Ontario Museum Association Statement for MMM and IMD 2020


May is Museum Month 2020 provides an opportunity to emphasize how museums connect Ontario, especially during these times of physical distancing, and coincides with International Museum Day on May 18th, an initiative of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). 
We want to highlight the contributions that museums make; to education, to their communities, to tourism, and as a key part of the province’s recovery from COVID-19.
#MuseumsConnectON                        #MayIsMuseumMonth

We encourage members to continue with their current work; providing digital experiences through #MuseumFromHome, engaging their community, and connecting to each other.


Celebrate Ontario's museums during the month of May by taking part in the following activities:

  • Send a letter to your MPP to advocate for support in the sector. (Download a letter template). Find your MPP's mailing address HERE.  
  • Post your online content, virtual events, and special offers in your Discover Ontario Museums listings at and tag any content with #MuseumFromHome! (Here's how: User's Guide)
  • Twitter and Facebook users:  Tag any content with #MayisMuseumMonth and tag the OMA @museumsontario
  • Learn more about International Museum Day (IMD) by visiting the International Council of Museums (ICOM) website here and add your May museum virtual events and activities to the interactive world map!
  • Use the OMA's May is Museum Month 2020 wordmark below on your website and publications, and forward to your local media outlets.



Example Social Media Posts:

Museums are a vital part of Ontario’s education system, supporting skills in reading, science, math, and critical thinking!  #MayIsMuseumMonth #MuseumsConnectON #Education

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Museums make communities vibrant and vital places to live, work, visit & invest! #MayIsMuseumMonth #MuseumsConnectON #Community Tweet this!

Ontario’s museums offer many digital experiences, accessible from anywhere in the world! Museum websites in the province welcome 93.5 million online visits a year – that’s 3 per second and growing! #MayIsMuseumMonth #MuseumsConnectON #Digital

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Museums are vital tourism assets in every community in Ontario, and will play a key role in Ontario’s recovery! #MayIsMuseumMonth #MuseumsConnectON #Tourism

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Museums help build communities—including through more than 35,000 museum volunteers across Ontario! #MayIsMuseumMonth #MuseumsConnectON #Volunteers

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Some key dates for the campaign include:


GivingTuesdayNow – May 5

With a theme of “Together We…”, #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5 is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Giving Tuesday has resources for charities HERE:

Charities can utilize their CanadaHelps profiles to collect and solicit donations HERE:


Museum Week- May 11-17

In its 7th edition, UNESCO-supported MuseumWeek for 2020 has a theme of “togetherness”, with seven hashtags over seven days that can engage an international audience. Monday May 11 will celebrate the workers that face the crisis with #heroesMW.

Learn more HERE:

General Hashtag: #MuseumWeek2020


International Museum Day- May 18

ICOM’s International Museum Day is going digital! Museums all over the world will be hosting online activities and celebrating Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

International Museum Day has a guide to encourage inclusion in digital activities HERE:

General Hashtag: #IMD2020

Pendant le mois de mai, faites la promotion des musées de l'Ontario en prenant part aux activités promotionnelles suivantes :

  • Publiez vos événements et vos activités spéciaux dans votre liste Découvrez Musées Ontario à!
  • Utilisateurs de Twitter et Facebook : faites connaître vos activités spéciaux avec le mot-clic #MayIsMuseumMonth, en mentionnant l’AMO (@museumsontario)
  • Visitez le site web d'ICOM (le Conseil international des musées) pour apprendre davantage sur la Journée internationale des musées 2020 et ajoutez votre événement ou activité du mois de mai à la carte du monde interactive!
  • Insérez le mot-symbole de la  Mai, mois des musées 2020 de l’AMO dans votre site Web et vos publications, et envoyez-le à vos médias locaux.