In 1977, the International Museum Council of Museums kicked off the first International Museum Day to to raise worldwide awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.
Every year, on the designated day (which can last a weekend, a week, or a month, depending on the place and the day’s popularity there) every year, museums across the world offer free admission and special events to celebrate.
Austin has been on board for International Museum Day since for 20 years now, and 2017, the year it celebrated that anniversary, was no exception. On Sunday, 35 area museums offered free admission and special events to celebrate Museum Day 2017.
Local standbys such as the Blanton Museum of Art and the Umlauf Sculpture garden participated, of course—but so did some spots that might not come to mind immediately: Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery, for instance, or Save Austin's Cemeteries.
While the celebration day—in Austin, at least—seems to have be especially kid-oriented, people citywide of all stripes turned out to celebrate and document 2017’s Museum Day. Below are some of the best Instagram shots from the celebration.