BERLIN — On Saturday, May 18, the museums of Worcester County will be joining thousands of museums around the world in celebrating International Museum Day, an opportunity to encourage awareness of the roles museums play in their communities.

Last year, 32,000 museums in 129 countries participated in International Museum Day. The theme for 2013 is “Museums: memory + creativity = social change.”

Here is a look at what some of the local museums have planned in Worcester County:

The Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum at the Inlet will be open from 10 a.m.-5. Admission is free.
Choo Choo Blue, the B&O Railroad Museum’s children’s mascot, will be joining the festivities by making a special appearance at the Boardwalk tram station, just north of the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, the museum will be offering a 10% discount on all gift shop merchandise.
The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum in Berlin will be open from 1-4 p.m. and offering free admission.
The Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and offering free admission.

The Costen House Museum, located in Pocomoke City, is planning to be open 1-4 p.m. and offering free admission.

Also located in Pocomoke City, the Delmarva Discovery Center will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission will be extended for Armed Forces members.

The Rackcliffe House, located on Assateague, will be open 1-4 p.m.

The Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum in Snow Hill will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. An archeology dig is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 410-632-2032 to pre-register.

The Sturgis One Room School in Pocomoke will be open 1-4 p.m.

The St. Martin’s Church, an 18th Century Flemish Bond Church, will be hosting a. tour by candlelight from 5-8 p.m. The Maryland Wine Bar will be sponsoring the event. Regional appetizers will be on-hand and Deborah and Mike Everett will be pouring the wine samplings.

The Board of Directors will feature the architectural design plans of David Quillin, AIA, for the future comfort station, gift shop, interpretive space and amphitheater on the St. Martin’s property.

Later, on May 27, the season opening of St. Martin’s is planned with complimentary public tours from 1-4 p.m. every Monday through October. Donations are always kindly accepted. Private tours available by appointment.