Press Release: International Museum Day Commemoration

Press Release

For Immediate Release


International Museum Day Commemoration


Together with the Council for Geoscience Museum, the Police Museum, the University of Pretoria, the Post Office, the Freedom Park and Ditsong museums, the City of Tshwane’s Community and Social Development Services Department and Heritage Management Resources Unit will celebrate International Museum Week on Thursday 18 May 2017.

Every year, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) proposes a theme for International Museum Day. The theme for 2017 is “Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums”. ICOM has further stated that “[b]y focusing on the role of museums as hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people, this theme highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation”.  Based on this year’s theme, museums are requested to showcase artefacts which will provoke thought and stimulate debate among communities.

The main programme will be presented at the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History on 18 May 2017 and 500 learners from different schools in Tshwane will attend. The programme comprises speeches on heritage topics presented by the heads of the museums and temporary exhibitions from different heritage institutions.



Victor Netshiavha

012 336 4016/ 072 602



Naomi Madima

012 336 4006/ 060 961 3851



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