To commemorate International Museum Day, the Seaside Historical Museum offers free admission for all attendees on Friday May 18th. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) announced "Museums and Universal Heritage" as the theme for International Museum Day 2007 celebrated in museums throughout the world.

The message for International Museum Day is pertinent: "We are all responsible for universal heritage". International Museum Day has high purpose in promoting access to museum collections to focus on how cultural diversity and universal heritage go hand in hand. ICOM is inviting the world's museums and their communities to show how, as a member of a family, neighborhood, tribe, nation, ethnic group or religion, and as public citizens, on all levels, we are separately and together responsible for sharing and protecting our respective and common heritage.

Universal heritage means both natural and cultural heritage, the tangible objects that make up collections as well as the intangible discourses, knowledge, and creative expressions that accompany these.

Visiting museums on International Museum Day is a sure way to participate in celebrating 40,000 years of diverse human creativity and join the pledge to universal heritage.

The Seaside Museum is located at 570 Necanicum Drive in Seaside. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM and Sundays from noon to 3PM. More information can be found at www.seasidemuseum.org.

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