International Museum Week

Memory + Creativity = Social Change

14 May – 19 May 2013

 pretoria art museum

1.        What is International Museum Day all is about?

International Museum Day celebrates the importance of museums around the world on 18 May every year. It serves as a platform to raise awareness to the public on the role that museums play in the development of our societies. International museum day was established by international council of museums (ICOM) in 1977, to date more than 30 000 museums in 100 countries have participated, it’s a day dedicated to the celebration of Art, Science and history all over the word. International Museum Day gives communities around the world a great opportunity to visit, appreciate and support their local museum.

2.        History of Pretoria Art museum

The Pretoria Art Museum was erected by the City council of Pretoria in 1962 and it was opened officially on 20 May 1964 to house its growing art collection that had become a permanent collection since 1912. The collection was originally housed in the City Hall. In addition to collecting South African Modern art over the years the Pretoria Art Museum has acquired graphic works by a number of famous international artists.

3           Arcadia Park

The Pretoria Art Museum is located in Aarcadia park Cnr Wessels & Francis Baard (formerly known as Schoeman) street


• Although entrance fee to the museum if free during international museum week, a guided tour is still ideal to experience whats on show. The museum provides guided tours to make the present exhibitions accessible to the visitors. It is advisable to book for a guided tour because you will be taken around the museum by professionally trained tour guides who have better understanding of the visual arts and are armed with information on the current exhibitions on show.

•Guided tours give visitors the opportunity to interact with the exhibitions and ask questions regarding artworks on show

Mmutle Arthur Kgokong

Culture Officer: Education Development Programme

012 344 1807/8 (08:00 – 16:00)


Rudzani Mabugana

Education Assistant

071 431 2666 (09:00 – 14:00)