International Museum Day

2015-05-27 06:00
What better way to celebrate International Museum Day than to introduce the young generations to their heritage. The Mi

????Photo: supplied What better way to celebrate International Museum Day than to introduce the young generations to their heritage. The Mi

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EVERY year since 1977, International Museum Day has been organised worldwide around 18 May. This day is an occasion to raise awareness about how important museums are in the development of society.

“Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, co-operation and peace among peoples,” says Professor Dr. Hans-Martin Hinz, ICOM president.

In 2014, more than 35 000 museums participated in the event in over 140 countries and the Mission House Museum in Hermannsburg also took part in this exciting event.

The old Mission House was erected in 1854 by missionaries and colonists from Germany shortly after their arrival on the farm Perseverance. Although artefacts and tools had been collected for more than 70 years, the idea of creating a public museum was only realised in 1981 for the 125th anniversary of Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg. Since 1990 the museum has been affiliated to the Natal Museum Services and was officially opened on 19 September, 1992.

The Little Oaks of the Hermannsburg Kindergarten are regular visitors to the museum, where they learn about their heritage and many other interesting subjects.

To celebrate International Museum Day they had a picnic in the beautiful garden surrounding the museum­


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