Join us as we celebrate International Museum Day from Monday, 18 May to Friday, 22 May 2020

International Museum Day (IMD) is a singularly, special event on the calendar of the international museum community. It is organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and has been running every year since 1977. The aim of the event is to engage with the public within their unique context to highlight the important role of museums as a conduit of service and development in the local community. On this day, participating museums plan creative events and activities related to the International Museum Day theme. International Museum Day generates awareness that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on and around 18 May of each year, the events and activities are planned to celebrate International Museum Day and can last for a day, a weekend or a whole week.

We at the National Museum in Bloemfontein are ever-conscious of our responsibility to create meaningful experiences for people of all origins and backgrounds. Every person entering a museum should have the opportunity to make a connection, to identify and relate to the diversity on display.

This year the National Museum of Bloemfontein together with one of its satellites, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, will celebrate International Museum Day virtually for a whole week. The international theme for 2020 is: Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. The programme will run from Monday, 18 May to Friday, 22 May 2020. The programme will run simultaneously on the Facebook pages of the National Museum and Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Each day is dedicated to a theme and visitors to these pages can look forward to an array of informative posts consisting of articles, live and pre-recorded sessions and slideshows relating to the theme of the day. Themes include women, children, and people with disabilities, the LGBTQIA community and oral history. You can log in daily to either the Facebook page of Oliewenhuis Art Museum or the National Museum in Bloemfontein.

Oliewenhuis Art Museum l 16 Harry Smith Street l Bloemfontein l South Africa

P.O. Box 266 l Bloemfontein l 9300

Tel +27 (0)51 011 0525 ext 212