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On Friday, May 18, the MSU Museum joins thousands of museums around the world to mark International Museum Day.  The International Council of Museums (ICOM), headquartered in Paris, proclaimed this year's theme, "Museums in a Changing World: New Challenges, New Inspirations."

International Museum Day Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate, all shared by social media. ICOM leaders assert modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background. "Museums in a Changing World" is an affirmation that institutions are faced with interpreting, and existing in, a field that is becoming increasingly fluid.

The International Council of Museums was established in 1977 to recognize the role of museums an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding.

Adds MSU Museum Director Gary Morgan: "Museums can never become complacent or assume our right to continued support," says Gary Morgan, director of the MSU Museum. "This is an exciting time for museums to be better engaging with communities and embracing new technologies - we have to be at the hub of debate about the important issues facing society such as social equity, sustainability, and ethical environmental stewardship."

Greater Lansing residents are encouraged to celebrate International Museum Day at the MSU Museum and take note of new and upcoming exhibits and programs:

-New on view: "Weaving a Life: The Fabric Art of Margaret Windeknecht" and “GLFF Redux: Photographs from the 2011 Great Lakes Folk Festival.”

-New publication: "Siyazama: Art, AIDS and Education in South Africa"

-May 20, 1:30-3 p.m., "Comic Book Artist Ryan Claytor on Comics, Communication"

-Opening May 29: "Echoes of Silent Spring: 50 Years of Environmental Awareness"

-Opening June 3: "Patterns of Inquiry: Quilts in Research and Education"

The Michigan State University Museum is the state's first Smithsonian affiliate and the natural science and culture museum at MSU. The MSU Museum is open seven days a week with admission by donation, and is located at 409 W. Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Visitor parking is available in front of the building and at metered spaces at the Grand River Ramp across West Circle Drive.