Myanmar marks International Museum Day for first time

Zeyar Tun
The building of the National Museum in Nay Pyi Taw.

Myanmar celebrated International Museum Day at the National Museum in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday for the first time as a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). 

The 134th meeting of ICOM's executive committee approved Myanmar's membership in December. 

"The ICOM designated International Museum Day in 1977. This year our country celebrates it for the first time. We joined the ICOM because we now have connections with museums from the international community. We started to celebrate the day with the aim of bringing the museums across Myanmar together and promoting them," said Ko Ko Naing, deputy director general of the Department of Archaeology and National Museum. 

To mark the event, contemporary watercolours exhibition will be held, admission free, from May 18 to 31

The museum was opened in 2015. It closes on Mondays and public holidays. The admission fee is Ks5,000 for a foreigner, Ks500 for a citizen and free for monks, nuns and students.