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International Museum Day 2021

Visit these museums for free this International Museum Week

The museums of Tshwane have collaborated to celebrate International Museum Day, which is annually celebrated on 18 May. Every year since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day (IMD), which represents a unique moment for the international museum community. On this day, participating museums plan

Museum curator interviews

We've collected all of the interviews that the Creative Feel team has filmed for DITSONG: Museums of South Africa and put them into one comprehensive page for you to browse through at your leisure. From books to fossils, transportation to hiking trails, and everything in
newspaper from WW2

The old headlines of The Rand Daily Mail

Telling the story of events surrounding South Africa’s Entry into the Second World War (1939 – 1945) By Allan Sinclair, Ditsong National Museum of Military History Newspaper headlines are used to quickly draw attention to important stories. They are usually written in a term called

A Tribute to Dr CK ‘Bob’ Brain

Beginnings and early career history Charles Kimberlin ‘Bob’ Brain (see Fig. 1) was born on 7 May 1931 in what was then Salisbury (now Harare), Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). From his earliest years, he had close contact with natural history as his father was an entomologist and

Sharpeville Funeral Human Rights Day

A most important day

When South Africa held its first democratic election in 1994, Nelson Mandela declared the 21st of March as Human Rights Day to commemorate the Sharpeville massacre and to pay homage to all of those who fought and lost their lives in the struggle for freedom. Annually on the 21st March,

Haasgat: The Cliffhanger

The Haasgat cave system has been the site of a substantial amount of research over the years, revealing further links to our natural history. In this article by Lazarus Kgasi, who works in the Palaeontology Unit at DITSONG: National Museum of Natural History, we find

Teresa Kearney Covid-19 bats

Zoonotic diseases and the value of natural history

Knowledge around zoonotic disease research is perhaps more vital than ever considering the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In this article, Curator of Small Mammals at DITSONG: National Museum of Natural History (DNMNH) Teresa Kearney talks us through the importance of such research. During this Covid-19 pandemic,

Mancala board game Afrodescendant objects

Celebrating African and AfroDescendant Culture

Held each year on 24 January, the World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture celebrates the many cultures of the African continent and African diasporas around the world. In 2019 UNESCO established 24 January as the World Day for African and Afro Descendant Culture. The

Julia Roelofse interview DITSONG Kruger Museum Russian Bratina

The Bratina of Russian brotherhood

Compiled by: Julia Roelofse, Deputy Director: DITSONG: Kruger Museum and DITSONG: Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum. In 1962, the public was able to see an exhibition of a selection of honorary awards which were awarded by the Europeans to President Paul Kruger, General Piet Cronje and

DITSONG Museum of Military History South African Air Force paratroopers 44 Parachute Regiment

Exploring the vault: South Africa’s paratroopers

In the courtyard of the DITSONG: National Museum of Military History, there stands a memorial erected in honour of fallen members of the airborne forces of 44 Parachute Regiment, 44 Parachute Brigade and the South African Special Forces. The Museum also displays a replica of

DITSONG Ceramics Collection HG 60956/1-6: Batavian style tea bowls probably from the Middelburg shipwreck

Shipwreck Survivors in the DITSONG Ceramics Collection

Salvaged artefacts from an 18th century shipwreck Compiled by: Corine Meyer Research into identifying six ‘Batavian-style’ Chinese export porcelain tea bowls, 18th century, from the DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History’s Ceramics collection, has revealed some interesting information.  HG 60956/1-6: Batavian style tea bowls probably

Kruger Museum

Kruger Museum

The Kruger Museum and its contents bear witness to the forceful personality of the man who lived there as leader of a small republic in southern Africa, at a stormy and unsettling time of his people’s long struggle against British imperialism. Kruger Museum Exterior The
Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Creative Feel interviewed Mr Fumani Simon Nyalungu, the Education Officer at DITSONG: Tswaing Meteorite Crater, to find out a bit more about the crater, it’s history & cultural background, and community & education programmes along with the beauty of its surroundings & the various activities
DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History

DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History

The DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History explores South Africa’s cultural diversity in various permanent and temporary exhibitions. DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History Exterior and Interior Exhibitions include rock paintings and engravings of the San people; thousand-year-old Iron Age figurines from Schroda in the
DITSONG Museum of Cultural History South Africa Peter Mthombeni tea set

Vibrant Colours and Abstract Patterns from Africa

An unusual tea set designed in 1997 by Peter Mthombeni A teapot will always be a teapot because of its functionality, but a teapot can be more than a mere teapot when it carries a signature of conscious making. One potter who has unequivocally defended an

Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum

Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum

The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum preserves and presents South African agricultural history in a unique manner. The Museum showcases the history of the development of agriculture in South Africa from the Stone Age until 1945. Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum Exterior Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum Interior
Pioneer Museum

Pioneer Museum

While enjoying a cup of coffee and homemade bread, visitors can experience a way of life that has irrevocably passed. The stories of the Pioneer Museum and 1848 house, and of the people who lived on the farm, Hartebeestpoort, are enacted against the background of

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