The International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) is a worldwide network of peace museums, peace gardens and other peace related sites, centres and institutions that share in the same desire to build a global culture of peace. INMP is a non-profit organisation that aims to build a global culture of peace by strengthening the work of museums for peace. The foundation was established since 1992 and granted special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC in 2014.

When you first hear of a museum for peace you may be slightly mystified or perhaps even a bit sceptical. It is easy to imagine what goes into a war museum, but what can you put in a peace museum? And if the peace movement is to be represented in a museum, does that mean it is being relegated to the past?

Museums for peace are non-profit educational institutions that promote a culture of peace through collecting, displaying and interpreting peace related material. Museums for peace inform the public about peace and nonviolence using illustrations from the lives of individuals, the work of organisations, campaigns, historical events, etc. One of the strengths of museums for peace is that they can reach out to and involve a broad general public, many of whom might not be involved in the peace movement per se. Every museum for peace tells its own story, displays different peace related artefacts and focuses on different periods and places in the history of peace.

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Windows for Peace is a collaborative initiative created by the Peace Museum Vienna, located at Blutgasse 3, in the 1st District, and surrounding local businesses, churches and organizations.. The Windows for Peace Project will utilize windows in the Centre of Vienna to showcase influential figures from throughout history who have devoted their lives and careers to peace and tolerance. The exhibition will highlight such figures as Vienna’s own Bertha von Suttner, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi, among others. This is the first project in the world to exhibit peace heroes in windows, available to everyone – and we would like to invite you to participate.

Our aim is to highlight more than 150 Peace Heroe from June 2014 until June 2016 and increase the number to 365 by the end of 2016. We will start by focusing on the area close to the Peace Museum Vienna – we invite you to visit the windows for peace, which are already in place. The exact location of Peace Museum Vienna Windows Project includes the streets: Schulergasse, Grünangergasse, Blutgasse, Franziskanerplatz, Domgasse, Stroblgasse and Singerstrasse, all of which are in the city center.

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We strive to contribute to world peace by educating the public about local peace heroes in Crested Butte. Our exhibits provide a physical space to show the vibrant history of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley’s local heroes. It also offers an educational meeting point and offers information sources for students, teachers, professors, and general visitors. Peace education through the lives of local heroes is the central to both the current and long-term vision of Peace Museum Colorado/Crested Butte.

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