Today, May 18, is International Museum Day, an annual occasion first designated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 to honor the important role that museums play in societal development. As ICOM notes, “The museum is an institution that preserves and communicates the past, yet it is grounded in the present. In its very essence, it is a link between the generations, as it allows present and future generations to better comprehend their origins and history.”
For the Guggenheim, that link is embodied by Frank Lloyd Wright’s building in New York. An architectural icon of its age, it’s also a present-day cultural beacon—so much so that, according to Sightsmap, a Google-powered heat-mapping study of the most photographed cities and sites worldwide, the museum is the most photographed location in the world. To celebrate International Museum Day, and to pay tribute to the many visitors who have captured the museum on camera, we’ve featured a few of our favorites among the many images of the Guggenheim on social media (see above). To all of you who have visited the museum and shared your love of Wright’s building, we give our sincere thanks.
All day today, the Guggenheim in New York is celebrating International Museum Day by offering $5 off admission and $10 off on memberships purchased at the museum. Come to the museum today to enjoy these one-day offers. And once you’ve visited the museum, share your own photos of the Guggenheim building with #guggenheim.