Happy International Museum Day 2022!

May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022
Happy International Museum Day!
Celebrating the power of museums
In this special edition, please find:
- A Message from the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
- International Museum Day 2022
- May is Museum Month
- In the Media
- OMA 50th Anniversary
A Message from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Her Honour The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell has offered a video message to the OMA in recognition of May is Museum Month and the OMA’s 50th anniversary
Watch the video message HERE
A Message from Her Honour the Honourable
Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

May 2022 - "As Lieutenant Governor, I have been fortunate to have toured wonderful museums, galleries, and heritage sites all across this province. From these visits, I have seen how these are lively and forward-thinking organizations that are engaging with, and evolving alongside, their communities. Moreover, it is evident that their captivating programming is reflective of our diversity, is able to spark essential dialogue and deepen understanding on contemporary issues in provocative and edifying ways.

Therefore, it is with a sense of gratitude that I recognize “May is Museum Month” and applaud the Ontario Museum Association on the proud occasion of its 50th anniversary. On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, I express my thanks to museum professionals for their commitment to making our world-class institutions even better. All Ontarians, and visitors from around the world, can benefit greatly from what you have to offer. May your efforts continue to point the way toward a more just, sustainable, society and country.
- Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Watch the video message HERE
A Message from Marie Lalonde, OMA Executive Director

“The Ontario Museum Association, in its 50th anniversary year, celebrates the 2022 edition of May is Museum Month/Mai, Mois des Musées and International Museum Day, May 18th. Ontario’s museums offer all visitors the ability to enjoy and learn from our shared history, bringing us together in reimagining a new future. Across the province and around the world, we can celebrate the power of museums to bring about positive change in our communities."

- Marie Lalonde
Read the OMA's News Release HERE. 
International Museum Day 2022:
The Power of Museums

International Museum Day is a worldwide initiative of the International Council of Museums, organized each year on and around May 18th. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with their public and highlight the power museums have to transform the world around us.

In honour of International Museum Day (May 18th) and May is Museum Month, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) encourages Ontarians to visit local museums, galleries and heritage sites across the province. With this year’s International Museum Day theme of “The Power of Museums,” the OMA is highlighting the ways museums bring positive change by contributing to achieving sustainability, innovating in digitalization and accessibility, and building communities through education.

The dedicated website for International Museum Day provides you with all the information, tools and material needed to get involved in the 2022 edition. The Communications Kit will help your museum participate in this occasion.

View the IMD Communications Kit HERE
May is Museum Month
May is Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities and to kick-off 2022’s summer tourism season! As visitors are once again welcomed through your doors, museums can emphasize all the ways that the public can experience their collections and stories—from fully online to safe, in-person experiences. Show your community the power of your museum!
Some Museum Events this May:

Special Offers
18th: Free admission: International Museums Day - Niagara-on-the-Lake MuseumMilitary Communications and Electronics Museum (Niagara Falls)

Special Programs & Exhibits
3rd: Antechamber Gallery Collecting History: Accessioning - Thunder Bay Museum 
8-28th: An Exhibition of the Canadian-Hungarian Artists Collective - Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

18th: Exhibit celebrates the importance of natural history - Sault Ste. Marie Museum and Entomica
18th: All Along the Waterfront - Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum
18th: Community Exhibit Adventure - Port Colborne Museum
22-29th: 1920s Prohibition Escape Room - Pickering Museum Village 

23rd: A Lens on Scugog - Scugog Shores Museum Village
27th: Neighbourhood Walks: Voices of Freedom Black History Tour with Jan King-Watson - Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum
28th: The Art of Photography - PAMA

28th: Reflections of Ourselves - Orillia Museum of Art & History
28th: An Evening at the Brant Inn - Joseph Brant Museum
29th: Culinary Kids Club - Ireland House Museum

Seasonal Openings
18th: Season opening - Mattawa Museum
21st: Season opening - Watson's Mill 
21st: 2022 opening - Murney Tower Museum
25th: Season opening - Scugog Shores Museum Village
28-29th: Doors Open - Toronto History Museums
May Is Museum Month Social Media Kit

The OMA has prepared a kit to help museums share all about the power of museums through their social media and communications. Download the kit for example social media posts, fast facts about Ontario's 700+ museums, and ideas for engaging content for May.

MMM Social Media Kit
In the Media
Ontario museums celebrate International Museum Day and May is Museum Month and launch the Ontario Museum Association's 50th anniversary
Ottawa Citizen

TORONTO, May 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In honour of International Museum Day (May 18th) and May is Museum Month, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) encourages Ontarians to visit the 700 museums, galleries and heritage sites across the province and in their communities. With this year’s International Museum Day theme of “The Power of Museums,” the OMA is highlighting all the ways that museums are bringing positive change by contributing to achieving sustainability, innovating in digitalization and accessibility, and building communities through education. The occasion also marks an opportunity to kick-off 2022’s summer tourism season and the OMA’s 50th anniversary celebrations!

Read more HERE

Collingwood Town Hall Clock Tower will be illuminated purple in recognition of Museum Month and International Museum Day

May is Museum Month kicked off with a declaration by Acting Mayor Keith Hull on May 1 that will be followed by the illumination of the Town Hall clock and the Collingwood Museum’s iconic tower in purple between May 18 and 25.

Read more HERE

Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum's latest exhibition explores waterfront history

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum’s latest exhibition “All Along the Waterfront” opens on May 18 and explores the relationship between Niagara-on-the-Lake and its waterfront, its industries, growth and its traditions.

Read more HERE
Mattawa Museum opens doors to local history on May 18th
On Wednesday May 18th, the Mattawa Museum opens its doors for the season. As per tradition, the museum is opening on International Museum Day, and all are welcome to stop by. Marcel Labelle, a Metis Elder from Mattawa, will be in attendance, preparing his workstation as he sets to embark on a summer long project of building a birch bark canoe.

Read more HERE
Free general admission at Toronto History Museums
The City of Toronto has announced they will be providing free general admission to 10 history museums across the city beginning May 1. Mayor John Tory made the announcement as he proclaimed May as Museum Month.
Read more HERE
OMA's 50th Anniversary
On the OMA’s 50th anniversary, we celebrate the institutions and thousands of museum staff and volunteers whose skills, passion and commitment advance a strong museum sector for Ontario. Thank you!

Stay tuned for more announcements.
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