Each year since 1977, ICOM has organized International Museum Day, which represents a unique moment for the international museum community.
Organized on 18 May each year, the objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” IMD was celebrated for the first time 40 years ago. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day.
With the theme “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”, International Museum Day 2020 aims at becoming a rallying point to both celebrate the diversity of perspectives that make up the communities and personnel of museums, and champion tools for identifying and overcoming bias in what they display and the stories they tell.
On the occasion of the IMD 2020, let’s get acquainted with a museum depicted on a coin. This 20 Israeli New Shekel coin depicts the Israel Museum. Established in 1965, The Israel Museum is Israel's foremost cultural institution and one of the world’s leading encyclopedic museums. On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment Israel Government Coins and Medal Corporation, Jerusalem issued a special commemorative coin.
The coin depicts View of the Israel Museum, to the right with the Shrine of the Book on the Museum Campus. Value with the western year and the Hebrew year at the bottom is on right along with the Star of David. The reverse depicts the Roaring Lion of Megiddo below small coat of arms. The name of the country in Roman, Hebrew, and Arabic is at the bottom.
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