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International Museum Expo at New Delhi in Celebration of International Museum Day

Tsuktiben Jamir

In a gesture to commemorate the International Museum Day which is celebrated on the 18th of May, the Ministry of Culture is organising a three-day event. The International Museum Expo will be held from the 18th– 20th May 2023 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will officially inaugurate the event on the 18th of May at Pragati Maidan. There is a number of exciting treats lined up for the three-day event from an exhibition of star objects, heritage walks, panel discussions, and cultural programmes, to special activities for children.

Apart from celebrating the international event, the expo has been organised with another intention; “It has been designed to initiate a holistic conversation on Museums to enable them to evolve as cultural centres that play a pivotal role in India’s cultural diplomacy, in a year where India holds the G-20 Presidency, while also keeping the International Council on Museums’ (ICOM) theme ‘Museums, Sustainability, and Well Being’ at its core.”

Master classes on interesting themes like Making of a Museum, Gaming for Museums, Light Installations in Museums, Acoustics in Museums, Museums in Metaverse, Audio-Visual Archiving and Scientific Storage will be conducted over the course of the three days. Apart from this, the event will host projection light mapping shows, film screenings, curated gastronomical experiences as well as networking sessions.

The line-up of events and activities for the expo.
Courtesy: International Museum Expo 2023.

A techno mela packed with gaming vendors, AR/VR/MR and other futuristic technologies, will also be included during the event. Moreover, there will be exhibitions on Hero objects across museums, books on museums and history through objects, as well as digital exhibitions.

At the inauguration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually unveil a tour of the future National Museum, which will be housed in the North and South Blocks. The Prime Minister will also unveil a number of significant initiatives, such as the Directory of Indian Museums, the Pocket Map of Kartavya Path, Museum Cards, and the Mascot of the International Museum Expo, which is an artistic interpretation inspired by the famous Dancing girl sculpture in the Chennapatnam art style.

The Pocket Map of Kartavya Path emphasises cultural establishments and places while tracking their historical significance, while the Museum Cards are a creative method to promote museums to people of all ages. They are a set of 75 illustrated cards showing famous museums around the nation. These are truly radical initiatives that are meant to promote art and culture, as well as to change the whole narrative on how to make the most of museums available to us.

Quite a number of international delegations from cultural institutions and museums from across the world will be participating in the event, furthering cross-cultural collaboration and exchange.

The International Museum Expo is being held as part of the ongoing Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations honouring the 47th International Museum Day (IMD). The IMD theme for this year is “Museums, Sustainability, and Well Being,” which aims to emphasise the contribution that museums provide to sustainable development and well-being.



18th – 20th May 2023


10:00 AM- 8:00 PM


Hall 2 & 3, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi


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