Museums free during Heroes Weekend
All museums, including the one in Fort Charles, Port Royal, will be open to the public free of cost during the Heroes weekend from Saturday to National Heroes Day on Monday.
Lisa Hanna, minister of youth and culture, made the announcement on Sunday at the National Heritage Week Thanksgiving Service held at the Power of Faith Deliverance Ministries in Clarendon.
The initiative is part of a cultural transformation programme being undertaken by the ministry, aimed at helping young people to get a better understanding of Jamaica's heritage.
Hanna said the cultural programme, which includes the promotion of Jamaica's museums and historical sites, was launched "so that young people can have the knowledge they need to become better citizens of our country".
"The idea is to use the knowledge of our history to cause our people, particularly our young people, to rediscover our ancestral pedigree and rise above our challenges and situations and advance the age-old cause of redemption of our people. We owe it to our ancestors to do this," she stated.
She informed the congregation that three museums were opened this year, the Norman Manley Museum in Roxborough, Manchester; another at the Seville Great House in St Ann; and the National Museum at the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston.
She informed that an exhibition on Rastafari, one of Jamaica's dynamic cultures, is ongoing at the National Museum.
Hanna said there were plans to restore the birthplaces of the country's National Heroes through funds from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).