Luanda — The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment (MCTA) on Tuesday highlighted the need to incorporate museums and similar equipment at the service of systematised research and cultural tourism.

In a message addressed under the celebration of the International Museum Day, the MCTA says a greater awareness of the value of material and immaterial heritage should be provided as a resource for development, demanding more rigorous knowledge and appreciation of our historical past.

The ministry appeals to museum professionals for new reflections that result in pedagogical ways to approach, safeguard and preserve the historicity located in museological institutions, as symbolic spaces of conservation, which have achieved greater importance in the cultural development of societies and their collective memory.

“We understand that museum professionals must face the new challenges in a transversal way, in a relationship of permanent dialogue with the advent of new technologies of the communicational sphere,” reads the message.

Angola has 12 museums in operation, institutions that began to emerge in 1956, being the Museum of Dundo (Lunda Norte), the oldest among Angolan museums, whose mission is to rescue cultural values.

The National Museum of Anthropology in Luanda is the most important national museum in the country.

In a message addressed under the celebration of the International Museum Day, the MCTA says a greater awareness of the value of material and immaterial heritage should be provided as a resource for development, demanding more rigorous knowledge and appreciation of our historical past.