Museum passports

2009-04-16 00:00

TO get more people to visit the city’s historical and artistic treasures, a new Pietermaritzburg Museum Passport is being launched.

The aim of the project, which will run from April 20 to July 24, is to provide school children with a passport and each time they visit a museum in the city this will be stamped. Completed passports will then be handed in to the pupil’s school and at the end of the project the school with the most completed passports will win a prize.

A spokeswoman for the Museum Passport project said: “It’s all about history. At the end of the day we want people to know about the history of Pietermaritzburg. So many people have never been the the city’s museums.

“We are also hoping that teachers will motivate pupils to come along to the museums, either with a school group or on their own with their parents.”

The museums involved in the project include:

• The Old Prison in Burger Street, which dates back to 1862 and was were many African freedom fighters were imprisoned during the struggle;

• The Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, which dates back to 1903 and houses an art collection featuring both South African and international artists;

• The Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, which has exhibits of the province’s fauna and flora, Zulu pottery and San rock art;

• The Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street, which houses Voortrekker relics, information about the Prince Imperial’s links to Pietermaritzburg and a history of the Umsunduzi area; and

• The Macrorie House Museum in Jabu Ndlovu Street, the former home of Bishop William Macrorie, which was built in 1862 and has an amazing collection of British colonial history.

The project, which has the support of Pietermaritzburg Tourism, is being officially launched with a workshop at the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum on April 20 at 3 pm and only the first 100 schools from the greater Pietermaritzburg and midlands area will be accepted.

If your school would like to take part in the launch workshop, contact Samke Sibiya at 033 845 0400 or e-mail Other schools outside Pietermaritzburg and the midlands areas who are interested in getting involved in the project are also welcome to get in touch with Sibiya.

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