Bayworld comprises the Museum, Oceanarium and Snake Park. In the Oceanarium there are fish and marine invertebrates, seals and penguins. The snake park houses many species of snakes, a crocodile and the animatronic dinosaur exhibition. The museum houses many fascinating exhibits depicting natural and cultural history.
Bayworld is celebrating International Museums Day on Sunday 27th May 2012. On that day entrance to the Museum complex will be FREE for all ages.
Every year since 1977, International Museums Day is held worldwide sometime around 18 May. This year, the museum community will celebrate the 35th anniversary of this event. More than 30,000 museums, in about 100 countries, will hold special activities on this occasion.
The theme for 2012: Museums in a changing world. New challenges, new inspirations, invites museums and their visitors to wonder about the role of museums in our society, in an era of numerous changes. The theme was developed to reflect that while museums exist to collect, interpret and safeguard humanity’s natural and cultural heritage, they also reflect the world and its transformations, challenging visitors to discover themselves through exploring objects. The event provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet their public and alert them to the challenges museums face.
1) Bayworld hosted various schools within the Port Elizabeth area to visit the Museum on Wednesday 23rd May. The historian did a presentation based on the theme and the education team which informed the learners on Careers in Museums.
2) On Sunday 27th May visitors are invited visit to the Museum Complex. Entrance for all ages will be free. They will be able to enjoy a varied program throughout the day including behind-the-scenes tours into the storerooms; fish dissections; opportunities to meet the scientists and to see valuable artifacts and specimens; a chance to see how a dinosaur model is made; animal encounters in the Oceanarium and Snake Park and many other experiences.