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Celebrate International Museums Day 2011

20 May 2011

The International Museum Day will focus on the African continent whose cultural contribution to the world is often unknown and deserves to be promoted. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to encourage public awareness on the role of museums in the development of society. Momentum has been rising ever since. 

In 2010, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with almost 30,000 museums hosting events in more than 95 countries.

Museums and Memories is the theme of International Museum Day (IMD) 2011. 

According to Park Manager of Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site, Mr. Fhatuwani Mugwabana; “Museums store memories and tell stories. They have numerous objects in their collections that are integral to the memory and history of the communities we live in”. The objects he refers to are the expressions of our natural and cultural heritage. Many of them are fragile, some endangered and they need special care and conservation.

International Museum Day is an occasion for visitors to discover and rediscover individual and collective memories. School children from surrounding communities both in will be participating on number of educational programmes such as heritage debates and cultural dances in embracing our cultural diversity.

“This is one of the initiatives by Mapungubwe National Park and Word Heritage Site in encouraging all South Africans to visit national parks and learn more about the importance of conserving Culture and Heritage” said Park Manager Fhatuwani Mugwabana.  

Issued by:
Cassius Selala: Northern Region; Communications Officer, South African National Parks, Tel: (012) 426-5195 or 078-223- 6682, e-mail:

Media Inquiries:
Fhatuwani Mugwabana: Park Manager Mapungubwe National Park and world Heritage Site, Tel: (015) 534 7925 or 082 885 4336, e-mail: