The theme for this year is Hyper connected museums: New approaches, new publics
Ditsong Museums (DMSA) in collaboration with City of Tshwane (CoT), Freedom Park, Council for Geosciences and other museums will be celebrating International Museums Day 2018 at the Ditsong National Museums of Cultural History on Friday 18 May 2018. The event will be attended by about 500 learners from the different schools in Tshwane.
A long week programme will include a free entry into the Museums from 18 May to 25 May 2018. Throughout that week the City of Tshwane has arranged to transport learners from different schools into various heritage sites in the City as part of the school curriculum.
How do we manage museums so that they contribute towards sustainability? This is the crucial question we should all be asking in commemorating International Museum Day. Museums are the focus for education, research, and learning. For instance, parts of the Basic Education Department’s curriculum requires schoolchildren to visit museums on study tours, while archaeologists, anthropologists, cultural experts, naturists and others are drawn to museums or to work that necessitates their closely working with museums.
Museums are also well-placed to champion’s government nation building and social cohesion programmes by contributing towards unity and economic development. In addition the diversity of cultural collections from the continent can add value to our quest to build African unity as we celebrate Africa month.