International Museum Week

Tshwane museums collaborate to celebrate International Museum Day, celebrated annually on 18 May

Every year since 1977, International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organised International Museum Day (IMD), which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme, engage with the public and highlight the importance of the role of museums as institutions that serve society and its development. International Museum Day 2019 will focus on the new role of museums as active participants in their communities under the theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”.

The museums in Tshwane have planned a week-long programme from 16 -25 May 2019 that includes free entry to all museums over this period. There will be a coordinated dialogue between youth and adults on this year’s theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition” on Friday, 17 May 2019 at DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History in Tshwane from 10:00 – 12:00.

We encourage schools and the public to take this opportunity to visit our museums. Please note that entrance fees are still applicable at some museums so please confirm before your visit. The museums have also developed special programmes for this period but prior booking is essential.

The following museums and institutions are participating in International Museum Week:

Museums:
 The City of Tshwane Museums including the Pretoria Art Museum, Melrose House and Fort Klapperkop.
 DITSONG: Museums of South Africa including the 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.
 Voortrekker: Monument and Nature Reserve
 Freedom Park
 Geoscience Museum
 South African Police Services Museum
 South African Post Office Museum
 University of Pretoria Museums
 Veterinary Historical Society of South Africa
 South African Mint

Institutions
 International Council of Museums (ICOM)
 International Council of Museums (ICOM) – South Africa
 South African Museums Association
 South African Heritage Resources Agency
 National Heritage Council
 Gauteng Department of Education
 Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation
 Tshwane Tourism Association
 Capital Collective

Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural HistoryThe Ditsong National Museum of Natural History formerly known as the Transvaal Museum was founded as the Staatsmuseum of the ZAR on the 1st of December 1892.

And it has, since then acted as custodian and documentation centre of South Africa’s natural heritage.The Museum’s collections and exhibits include hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and associated fauna, including Mrs Ples [the nickname attributed to a fossil skull believed to represent a distant relative of all humankind]; fossils, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. On these collections are based the Museum’s educational programmes, research is done and information is communicated to all people of South Africa as well as to the international community.

The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in Gauteng and one of the largest in South Africa. It is unique in that it is the only institute in South Africa that offers the local, national and international community the opportunity to view its collections including original fossil material usually denied the public.

Tours


Educational Programmes

A comprehensive series of programmes and conducted tours is offered to schools, students and tourists in various South African languages. All education programmes are aligned to CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement). Booking is essential to participate in these activities. Please use e-mail to contact us while our phone system is being upgraded – bongi@ditsong.org.za.

Discovery Centre

A hands-on activity centre, where the five human senses are used to discover the wonders of nature, offering an invaluable educational adventure. It affords easy access for wheelchairs and display texts are also transcribed in Braille. This centre is ideal for younger learners that are eager to explore with their hands.

Public Programmes

Throughout the year talks are held at the Museum by various established researchers and scientists. Please check back regularly with the “Upcoming events” page or contact the Public Programmes Department.

Museum View


Publications


The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History researchers, as well as scientists from other institutions doing research can submit scientific papers to the annals. The major publications are the Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History and the Monograph series.

The Museum has exchange agreements with a large number of scientific institutions, both abroad and in South Africa and 342 copies of the Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History and 280 copies of the Monographs of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History are distributed annually. Up to 2010 the annals were known as the Annals of the Transvaal Museum. For quality control of documents, articles, news releases and reports, please contact: Dr Martin Krüger at kruger@ditsong.org.za

 Admission Fees


Prices for Adults, Learners, Senior Citizens and Discovery Centre

ADMISSION FEES:

Adults
R40.00 p/p
Children (Accompanied by parents)
R20.00 p/p
SA Senior Citizens
R20.00 p/p
Students (guided tour)
Students (own tour)
R25.00 p/p
R20.00 p/p
Educators
Free Entry for Educator: per group of 30 learners
R20.00 p/p
Educators
Free Entry for Educator: per group of 30 learners
R20.00 p/p
Discovery Centre
R25.00 p/p
Behind the scenes tour
R50.00 p/p
Night tour
R150.00 p/p
Discovery + Museum
R40.00 p/p
Guided tour
Additional R5 to approporiate tariff

Contact Information


Physical Address:
432 Paul Kruger Street Pretoria 0001

GPS Coordinates:
S 25° 45’ 11.2” E 28° 11’ 21.6”

Contact numbers:
012 492 1358
012 492 5708 – from March 2018
Admission: Daily:
08:00 – 16:00
(Except Christmas Day and Good Friday)

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