MANA celebrates Museum Day 2024 with a program for the public focused on Research and Education

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(Oranjestad)—The National Archaeological Museum Aruba (MANA), along with some other museums, will open its doors to celebrate International Museum Day this Friday, May 18th. The theme set by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) for International Museum Day 2024 is Research and Education.

Research and Education are the two most important goals in MANA’s mission. On this celebration day, MANA will offer visitors an educational program based on research, and will also officially launch its new website. The doors will be open from 10 am to 2 pm, and a voluntary donation is requested for entry.

Under the name National Archaeological Museum Aruba (MANA), the new website will be launched at 10:30 am in a festive manner in the auditorium. The goal of the website is to inform, educate, and provide better services to the Aruban and international community. The information provided by MANA to its users is based on conducted research. The website offers updated information about MANA.

The theme of Research and Education will also be realized in a lecture by archaeologist Raymundo Dijkhoff. Its title is “Oruma: Beach, an archaeological perspective” and will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in MANA’s auditorium.

For those who wish to enjoy snacks, a variety of small dishes will be available. Among others, there will be goat soup, tuna bread, Johnny Cake with codfish or cheese, coffee, tea (bush tea), juice, Upside Down cake, and vegan carrot cake.

As is customary at MANA, there will be continuous activities for children as well. So, parents who wish to attend the presentations can do so while their children enjoy themselves with hands-on activities.

Come and see all the new things in the exhibition halls, listen to and exchange ideas with archaeologist Dijkhoff about research and the development of the beach, and educate yourself a little more about the history of our ancestors.