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Museums Association of Namibia

The Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) is an umbrella organisation that represents all Namibian museums. As a representative body it supports museums in various ways such as in the field of training, funding and the networking of professionals.


On the 19th-20th February 2018, the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) hosted a stakeholder’s workshop in Omuthiya, Namibia as the first step towards the development of The Museum of Namibian Music. This museum will be the first of its kind in Namibia. The development of the museum is one of the four components in a project entitled Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights in Namibia (MDTSCRN),
funded by the European Union and implemented by MAN that was launched in Windhoek on the 27th November 2018.

The European Union will provide 237,025.00 Euros over a two-year period to support activities being implemented by the Museums Association of Namibia to support regional museum development. The workshop was an information-sharing session that brought together 29 stakeholders in the form of musicians across all cultures,genres and demographics, archivists, culture officers from the Directorate of Heritage and Culture Programs, music lecturers from COTA, UNAM and APC, tourism and intellectual property experts from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and NASCAM, museum experts, composers and musicologists.

The workshop covered issues relating to the development and sustainability of the museum: collecting or reproducing traditional musical instruments, developing a `dream’ for the museum, marketing the museum to the Namibian public, archiving Namibian music and memorabilia (such as posters and LP covers), the role of music during the liberation struggle, gospel music in Namibia, collecting and policy development, exhibitions to be showcased in the museum and the languages that they are to be written in and the facilities that the museum should offer to the general public. 

The workshop was held in Omuthiya which will be the home of the museum. The Ministry of Education, Arts  and Culture has availed a state of the art building in Omuthiya to house the museum and music archive. The chosen venue is in line with MAN’s commitment to decentralize development and create employment and economic growth in different communities across the country. The museum will be an educational and entertainment hub for all Namibians, also encouraging domestic and foreign tourism. MAN hopes to develop a museum that will be informative, educational, interactive and sustainable in a way that will encourage multiple visits.

The Museums Association of Namibia is inviting musicians and members of the public to assist by identifying musical instruments, recordings, photographs or stories that might be included in the museum. If you require further information please contact Ms Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala at the Museums Association of Namibia on 061-302230 or museums @iway.na

Official launch: Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights in Namibia

The Museums Association of Namibia in collaboration with the European Union and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture would like to invite you to the official launch of the `Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights in Namibia’ Project to be launched by Her Excellency, Jana Hybaskova, Ambassador of the European Union to Namibia.

Date: Monday, 27th November 2017
Time: 10am
Venue: JoJo’s Music and Art Café, Craft Centre/Old
Breweries Complex, Garten Street, Windhoek
RSVP: Ndapewoshali Ndahafa Ashipala,
Museums Association of Namibia
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: +264 61 302230

*Refreshments will be served.*

ICTOP Conference 2017 - Registration and Scholarships

Members of MAN and of ICOM Namibia have a great opportunity to attend an international Conference being hosted by Namibia. The International Committe for Training of Personnel (ICTOP) Conference brings together colleagues from all over the world who are training museum workers. It will take place on 11th-13th October at the Safari Conference Centre and the University of Namibia. The theme of the Conference is 'Curators and Communities'. Namibians should complete the registration form and return it to MAN with proof of payment before 1st September, 2017. Be part of the global conversation that will help us all make museums matter !

Below you will find two documents;
1. The Interactive ICTOP Registration Form
2. An announcement of ICTOP Fellowships to support people wishing to attend the Conference.

ICTOP 2017 Registration form - Namibia

ICTOP 2017 Scholarships

Congratulations Jeremy!

We're pleased to announce that, during the Tri-annual Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) held in June 2017 in Canada, our very own Dr Jeremy Silvester was elected to serve a three year term on the CAM Board.

The Board also includes representatives from Canada, Guyana, India, Kenya, Pakistan, New Zealand and the UK. We believe that this marks a recognition of the innovative work that Dr Silvester has been doing in the museum sector in Namibia.

Congratulations on your appointment Jeremy!

Changing Climate Changing Namibia Launch

The Museums Association of Namibia in collaboration with the Embassy of Finland in Namibia and the Climate Change Exhibition Working Group, would like to invite you to the Official Launch of the “Changing Climate, Changing Namibia” Mobile Exhibition

Date: Thursday 27th April, 2017
Venue: Habitat Research & Development Centre
Time: 14h00
RSVP: Ndapewoshali Ashipala
Tel: +264 61 302230
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Refreshments will be served * 

Ovahimba Living Museum

The Museum consists of a large traditional homestead in which the Ovahimba introduce interested guests to their daily routines and encourage them to take part.

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workshop on natural plant dyes

Date: 26th November 10am - 3pm
Place: The Project Room, 32 Jenner street in Windhoek West
Cost: 200.- N$( including all materials and lunch)

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UNAM Press Book Launch

Date: Thursday 10th November 2016
Venue: Peter Katjavivi Lecture Hall No. 2, UNAM main campus, Pioneers Park
Time: 17.30
Special Guest: HE Dr Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

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Memory and Activism

The 2016 season runs from 3 to 7 October and is framed as an intersectional dialogue of art, archivism and activism.

The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in collaboration with the Arts Association Heritage Trust (AAHT) and the John Muafangejo Art Centre (JMAC) is pleased to host 'Muafangejo: Memory and Activism', an exhibition of works by the late Namibian printmaker, John Ndevasia Muafangejo. This exhibition forms part of the John Muafangejo Season, a new project initiated by JMAC which aims to honour the remarkable legacy of John Muafangejo through a programme of community engagement activities with local and guest practitioners from the Southern African region.
As part of this season, the exhibition, 'Muafangejo: Memory and Activism' is on show at the NAGN in the Foyer from 3 October to 5 November 2016. Additionally, the NAGN will house a JMAC ARTiculation Session on 5 October 2016 around the theme ‘Muafangejo as memory for protest today’.

Quiz Night With Power Pad Girls

Venue: FNCC Main Gallery
Time: 18:00
Entrance: NS$30.00

Recommended Museum

The Living Museum of the Ju/'Hoansi-San gives visitors an interesting insight into the life of the friendly San. The Living Museum is an authentic open-air museum where guests can learn a lot about the traditional culture and the original way of living of the San.