The count down to the International Museum Day: 18 May 2018

Article by PO Precious Mohlala
Photos by Museum Staff

In celebration of the International Museum Day on Friday the 18th May, the SA Naval Museum will conduct a firing of its historic Rifled Muzzle Loader gun at Middle North Battery at exactly 12:00. Uniformed personnel and members of the public are welcomed to join the museum in celebrating and appreciating the existence of museums.

For more details about the event, questions can be directed to the Officer in Charge of the SA Naval Museum; Commander Leon Steyn or the second in charge of the museum; Warrant officer Harry Croome on 021 7874622/4664/4686 or alternatively send us an email at

Group photo of Hout Bay International School with Able Seaman Du Plooy


The International Museum Day (IMD) is a celebration that takes place every year on or around the 18th of May, coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). The IMD was established in 1977 to provide the opportunity for Museum Professionals around the world to raise public awareness on the role that museums play in the development of society today. The event also highlights a specific theme that changes every year. The theme chosen for 2018 is Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics. This theme refers to the multiple means of communication we have today; email, instant messaging, telephone, internet of even face-to-face interaction, moving with the times in order to attract new audience/visitors with different ages and to keep the museums relevant.

Hout Bay International School kids exploring the SA Naval Museum

One of the Museum Tour Presentations, conducted by Chief Petty Officer Marc Zeeman

ICOM defines museums as non-profit, permanent institutions in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment. It can therefore be said that the SA Naval Museum operates as a perfect example of what a museum should be. The Naval Museum does not charge an entrance fee; we acquire, conserve and research content; we reach out to the individuals, groups and organizations using communication channels such as telephone; emails; multimedia; internet and also visit government or private institutions like schools to market the museum. Most importantly we educate the public about the naval history and heritage through exhibitions displayed in the museum and guided tours.