eThekwini Museums, namely the Durban Natural Science Museum, local history museums and Durban Art Gallery will host International Museum Day (IMD) celebrations on Thursday and Friday, 17 and 18 May.
International Museum Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of museums as the heartbeat for cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among people through education.
Under the theme ‘Hyper-connected museum: New Approaches, New Publics’, the focus of this year’s celebration is to introduce digital media platforms within the eThekwini museum spaces. The increasing role of digital media in everyday life serves as the basis of connectivity between the museum and members of the public.
The aim of this is to use digital media platforms to communicate with museum visitors globally and for them to have access to information pertaining to the museums’ ongoing programmes and other educational activities. The introduction of the eThekwini museums webpage and hashtag #DurbanMuseumsOnline will serve to provide information and interactive tools for users to connect with them daily.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit any of their local eThekwini museums on Thursday and Friday, take a selfie from inside the museum, post it in any of their social media profiles – most importantly #DurbanMuseumsOnline #IMD2018 #EThekwiniMunicipality and they stand a chance to win a T-shirt.
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