“Preserving our history and natural heritage, and securing our cultural future” was the theme for the day. The theme aims to make museums promote the museum’s collective responsibility towards understanding the use of natural landscapes through time.
The International Museum day has been celebrated in the country since 2012. Its aim is to promote museum work and heighten awareness on challenges that embrace the wider society.
It was observed today by the National Museum staff, Primary school teachers, lecturers from the University of Papua New Guinea’s Anthropology, Archaeology and History strands as well as Professor Glenn Summerhayes, from New Zealand’s University of Otago.
Presentations were made around museums and cultural heritage including the cultural landscapes of Port Moresby.
National Museum Chief Curator- Pre History Alois Kuaso spoke on the cultural landscapes of Port Moresby giving a history of the Paga Hill and how the first European contact was made with the Motu Koitabu people for the use of the hill during the Second World War.
He said cultural landscaping is about the evidence of human existence and how they lived through research of archeological work from early colonization period to present.
An Exhibition showcasing photographs from the early period from first European contact along the shores of the Motu Koitabu coastline, Pre and Post –Independence and Present day photographs of the earliest sites of Port Moresby and the development that has taken place so far was also held today.