International Museum Day 2018

Internation Museum Day

On Friday, 18 May, museums around the world will celebrate International Museum Day.

The event is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and it highlights a theme every year that is at the heart of the museum community.

This year’s theme is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”. The theme highlights how museums, like the rest of society in the technological age, became more complex, diverse and integrated.

According to the ICOM, museums “are an inherent part of their local communities, their cultural landscape and their natural environment. Thanks to technology, museums can now reach way beyond their core audience and find new publics when approaching their collections in a different way.”

The ICOM believes the day will “raise awareness of the fact that, museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” 

To celebrate the day, take some time out and visit one of the many museums around the province.

Internation Museum Day

Caledon Museum will host a speaking competition on the day

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports will be hosting an English Speech Evening Competition for high school learners in grade 10 and 11 from the district at the Caledon Museum. 

Five English First Additional Language learners will participate in this event, and the first, second and third place learners will qualify for the final gala competition later this year.

For more information please contact Gaynor Simons at caledonmuseum@gmail.com before 18 May. 

Iziko Museums

Iziko Museums in the metropole will also host numerous events during the run up to the day and on the day itself. Find one close to you on the schedule below:

Date

Time

Event/activity

Cost

Venue

Age group(s)

14–18 May 2018

09h00 – 17h00

POP-UP EXHIBITION: A daily water saving tip gleened from nature or our forefathers, by Amanzi eAfrika

Will only be Free on IMD

Iziko South African Museum (ISAM), Gathering Space, LCD Screen

All ages

15 May 2018

10h00 – 13h00

IZIKO MOBILE MUSEUM: Interactive displays

Free

Kleinberg Primary, Ocean View

All ages

16 May 2018

10h00 – 13h00

LEARN MORE ABOUT IZIKO COLLECTIONS: Marine Biology, Palaeontology, Herpetology, Entomology, and Archaeology displays

Free to school groups, booking essential. Bookings: email Wardah Harris at wharris@iziko.org.za

ISAM, Gathering Space/ Whale Well

Grade 4–7

17 May 2018

10h00 – 13h00

IZIKO MOBILE MUSEUM: Interactive displays

Free

Simon's Town High School

All ages

18 May 2018

12h30 – 14h30

GUIDED TOUR OF EXHIBITION: The artist, Kali van der Merwe will provide a guided tour of the exhibition, After Life from 12:30–13:30, followed by "Dialogues with a creator”, a discussion of the cross fertilisation of art and science, and the return to wonder and imagination. This will be conducted in the exhibition area. 

Free

ISAM, King's Map Room

Youth & Adults

18 May 2018

09h00 – 15h00

INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY: Amanzi eAfrika: A fun-filled set of activities, displays and egagements that deal with water being the basis of life in Africa. Includes a demonstration of the chemistry of water desalination, exploration of the "Big little things in water", and engagement with curation and collections staff on the African Natural History of water saving.

Free

ISAM, Whale Well

All ages

18 May 2018

14h00 – 15h00

GUIDED TOUR OF EXHIBITION: Still Figuring Out What it Means to Be a Man

Free

Iziko Slave Lodge (ISL)

Youth & Adults

18 May 2018

15h00 – 16h00

GUIDED TOUR OF EXHIBITION: I Am What I Am: Places, Faces and Spaces

Free

ISL

Youth & Adults

18 May 2018

10h00 – 14h00

IZIKO MOBILE MUSEUM: Interactive displays

Free

ISAM

All ages

19 May 2018

10h00 – 13h00

WORKSHOP: Healing and Transformation of Gender Relations Gender issues lie at the heart of many of the social issues that plague our communities and personal lives.  The Gender Equity and Reconciliation process provides a rare forum to jointly confront the personal, social, and cross-cultural origins of gender oppression and exploitation, and to reach mutual healing and understanding. Linked to the exhibition, Still Figuring Out What it Means to be a Man.

Free to participants. RSVP: Zanele Khumalo at zani.khumalo@gmail.com and Wandile Kasibe at wkasibe@iziko.org.za

ISL, Lecture Hall

Youth & Adults

 

Get connected with your community and explore the cultural diversity of the interesting natural, scientific and cultural museums on your doorstep.

The content on this page was last updated on 14 May 2018