18 May 2010

International Museum Day celebrated @ High Street

By: Zongezile Matshoba
Awesome! Wow! Brilliant! Great idea!

These are some of the reactions that the Albany Museum staff received when the museum was brought to the people as part of ICOM’s International Museum Day on the 18 May 2010. With Makana Municipality’s blessing, the Museum identified five spots in the busy High Street footpath in Grahamstown. Museum objects, mostly from the mobile service and anthropology were displayed.

One matriculant learner could not believe that her birthday is associated with such an important day. Some looked worried that they did not know about this day as they would have brought their children along. Other surprises were people who were interested in buying the museum items, thinking that the National Arts Festival has started earlier than they thought. Many seize the opportunity of free admission on this day by visiting the Observatory Museum mainly to see the obscura camera.

The bottom line is that many, including business people, professionals and academics still find it too difficult and too busy with their work, studies, cellphones, smoking, driving, shopping, eating, and chatting than to visit the museum even when the entrance fee is free of charge.

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