Visit local museums for free in celebration of International Museum Day

Visit local museums for free in celebration of International Museum Day


Freedom Park: Photo: File

Tshwane residents are encouraged to visit a museum of their choice free of charge from Thursday.

This as the museums collaborate to celebrate International Museum Day from 16 – 25 May.

The day is celebrated annually on 18 May, coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 1977.

“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.

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“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’, Ditsong Museums of Africa marketing manager Lemohang Zincume said in a statement.

Zincume said museums in Tshwane have planned the week-long programme that includes free admission to all museums over this period.

“There will be a coordinated dialogue between youth and adults on this year’s theme on Friday, 17 May at Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History from 10:00 until 12:00,” said Zincume.

Schools and the public are encouraged to take this opportunity to visit museums of their choice.

“Please note that entrance fees are still applicable at some museums so 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

– SAPS Heritage Services Police 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

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