Museum competition opens

2014-02-03 00:00

THIS year’s Pietermaritzburg Museum Passport competition has been scaled down slightly and will focus on the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, the Msunduzi Museum, the Old Prison and Pietermaritzburg Msunduzi Tourism.

The city’s smaller museums, including Macrorie House and the Comrades Museum, have opted out of the project.

Launched at the Old Prison in Burger Street last Friday, the competition, which is supported by the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, will give pupils the chance to win prizes for learning about the historical treasures contained inside the city’s museums.

All the participants have to do is make sure they get an official “passport” and have it stamped when they visit one of the participating museums.

Using the tagline, “learning is fun”, the museums are hoping to get as many visitors as possible through their doors and learning about the natural history of Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding areas.

Pupils will also be introduced to the city’s cultural history; South Africa’s history from colonial times through to the decades of apartheid and the liberation struggle; and the many events and tourist attractions in the city.

The competition, which is open to pupils from Grade R to Grade 12, runs from today (February 3) to May 30.

To find out more, contact one of the participating museums at the following contact numbers:

KZN Museum on 033 345 1404; Msunduzi Museum on 033 394 6834; The Old Prison on 033 845 0400; and Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism on 033 345 1348/9.

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