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Seaside Museum celebrates International Museum Day

Published on May 18, 2017 12:01AM

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SEASIDE — The Seaside Museum will observe International Museum Day by offering free admission Saturday, May 20. In addition, the museum will hold an open house that day from 1 to 3 p.m.

This year’s theme for International Museum Day is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums,” the International Council of Museums announced.

The theme focuses on how museums benefit society by becoming hubs for “promoting peaceful relationships,” according to press materials.

“It also highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation,” the museum noted in a release.

The goal of this year’s International Museum Day is to explore ways of understanding “the incomprehensible aspects of the contested histories inherent to the human race. It also encourages museums to play an active role in peacefully addressing traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view.”

The Seaside Museum (570 Necanicum Dr.) is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. More information can be found at www.seasidemuseum.org.


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