Saturday 24 October 2020 12:00 until 16:00
Organised by Museon

As a symbol of peace (life and survival) we want to fold a garland of 1000 cranes together with our audience. Help us! 

On September 21, International Day of Peace and October 24, United Nations Day, the Museon organizes this special activity from 12:00 to 16:00. Participation is free for visitors to the Museon. Register: Museon counter.

There is a famous story about cranes folding. When the Japanese girl Sasaki Sadako was two years old, the atomic bomb fell on the city of Hiroshima during World War II. Sasaki lived near the impact. Fortunately, she survived the conflagration. But at the age of eleven she suddenly became very ill. She had developed leukemia from the radiation from the bomb. A friend told her that there was an ancient Japanese legend, who said that anyone who would fold 1000 cranes could make a wish. Sasaki started folding. She hoped that not only she, but also all other child victims of the atomic bomb, could make a wish. She folded 1,300 cranes in 14 months until she sadly died. After her death, her school friends raised money to help children who had become ill from the atomic bomb. Her wish had come true.

Sadako made the crane even more a symbol of life and survival. Every year, streamers with thousands of cranes are still laid at monuments in Japan.

Nuclear bomb 

With the deployment of the atomic bomb, a new invention, the US military wanted to force Japan to surrender. On August 6, 1945, an American bomber dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima. The air pressure wave swept away all buildings and the intense heat turned the remains into a firestorm. On August 9, Nagasaki met the same fate. 

As a result of the two explosions, approximately 250,000 people died immediately. In the years that followed, an estimated several hundred thousand other people died from radiation sickness and cancer.

The Cranes folding activity is in line with the exhibition: “Drawn”. 

In 2020 it will be 75 years ago that the Second World War ended. During this war, the then colony of the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, was occupied by Japan. Central to the exhibition “Drawn” is a selection of more than fifty drawings, each one made in captivity.

They also tie in with 2 SDGs in the One Planet exhibition.