International Museum Day

DITSONG: Museums of South Africa in collaboration with Geo-Science Museum celebrates International Museum Day 2014

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2014. At DITSONG: Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with Geo- Science Museum, the celebration will be a one week long full of activities that will also see the museums open for free to the public from 16-23 May.

There will be a launch on Friday, 16 May 2014 at DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History in Tshwane. This will give an opportunity for all South Africans to take their families to experience what museums offer, be it entertainment or education. The theme for this year is “Museum collections make connections”.

The theme is aimed at renovating traditional methods of engagement adopted by museums in order to remain relevant. During the launch (16 May), the museums will showcase their collections in an exhibition that will be held at DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History. This will show that indeed at DITSONG collections are accessible to the visitors and the public in general. The highlight for 2013 was the launch of the Museum Passport and will still continue this year with more intensity.

The passport is aimed at encouraging learners and their families to visit museums. Each time a learner visits a museum, he/she will accumulate a stamp, which will enable them to stand an opportunity to win prizes for themselves and the school.

The prizes will include cameras, cellular phones, printers etc. We encourage schools and the public to take this opportunity to visit our museums.

The DITSONG group of museums comprise of the following: National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Cultural History, National Museum of Military History, Kruger Museum, Pioneer Museum,Sammy Marks Museum, Tswaing Meteorite Crater and Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum.

Enquiries: Tebogo Kgari, Ditsong Museums of South Africa.

Contact: 012 000 0010 Cell: 0844081637 or email: tebogo@ditsong.org.za

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