Since opening its doors on 6 April 1897, the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM) has grown from strength to strength. Being this old however, poses challenges in being able to adapt quickly and effectively to changes in the way modern museums present their collections and engage with their public. We have thus embarked on a renovation and upgrade that will see the museum become a world-class facility, enabling the organisation’s mandate to increase access to the collections.
With an almost six-week school holiday on our doorstep, many parents and caregivers are wondering just how to keep children entertained, engaged, and out of mischief – and not break the bank. Take advantage of our *Half-price Holiday Discount for kids and accompanying adults (*excl. the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope), and visit all our museums during the summer school holidays from 10 December 2014 until 21 January 2015 – we have exhibitions and programmes to entertain, educate, and excite everyone.
As a museum that takes pride in being African Museums of Excellence, Iziko continuously seeks to lead, innovate and initiate change and development within our sector. The constantly evolving global and local landscape requires that we seek new ways to do things and improve our offering. We value your compliments, your suggestions, and your criticisms, and endeavour to use these to make our museums better in 2015. As we approach the end of the year, we wish all our visitors, partners and friends a joyous and safe festive season. Thank you for your continued support, and if you haven’t yet, please join in the conversation to help make our museums yourmuseums.
Celebrate summer at Iziko Museums of South Africa and find a cool place to explore art, nature, people and more. Visitors can look forward to a series of new exhibitions, Planetarium shows and holiday workshops, including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Iziko South African Museum. Beat the school-holiday boredom blues and enjoy our half-price holiday discount for kids and accompanying adults at all our museums, from 12 December until 21 January 2015 (excluding the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope).
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a print exhibition – Ink, Paper, Politics: The Agency of Print as Social Critique. Drawing together a diverse cross-section of etchings, relief prints, lithographs and screenprints, the exhibition explores the diverse social narratives of the featured artists, and will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG).
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) is hosting a Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 exhibition, From African Earth: Celebrating our African vessel heritage. Presented by Iziko’s Social History Collections department in partnership with Ceramics Southern Africa (Western Cape), this exhibition of historical and contemporary ceramic works celebrates the artistry and rich legacy of African clay vessels. From African Earth will be showcased at the Iziko Slave Lodge.
The 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art exhibition will be showcased at Iziko Museums of South Africa. Twenty-eight-year-old twin brothers, Hasan and Husain Essop, were named joint winners for their collaborative work of photographic prints. Entitled Unrest, this collaborative exhibition will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) on 27 November 2014.
NHU Africa are pleased to announce that the 50th annual edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition will be coming back to Cape Town this December. Hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, and owned by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Worldwide, the exhibition is sponsored in South Africa by National Geographic Channels and will feature 100 breathtaking images of nature in its most astonishing forms.
Celebrate our national marine heritage at Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko). This year, Iziko will host a week-long programme entitled, Discovering the Deep: Past, present and futureat the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM).
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with BirdLife South Africa, will exhibit photographs from the annual Oceans of Life Photographic Competition. The exhibition will be housed at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM). Coinciding with National Marine Week in October, Oceans of Life showcases stunning photography of a wide array of marine biodiversity, including seabirds, cetaceans, fish, and more from around the world. The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate marine life and to raise awareness of marine conservation.
Iziko Museums of South Africa invites visitors to experience the first-ever national exhibition of etchings by revered Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669). Opening at the Iziko Old Town House on Thursday, 2 October 2014 (First Thursdays), patrons can enjoy free entry to the museum from
17h00 – 21h00. The exhibition marks the centenary of the Iziko Michaelis Collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings presented to the people of South Africa in 1914, and housed at the Old Town House
Iziko South African National Gallery, 24 September 2014 until March 2015
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a World Design Capital Exhibition - Symbols of South African Cultures - in collaboration with the South African Post Office’s Philately Services. On display at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), is a series of commemorative stamps depicting local cultural artefacts as captured by local photographer Hein Botha.