Celebrate Human Rights Day with free entry to Iziko Museums of South Africa*. Museums are places of engagement and wonder, providing the opportunity to travel through time, delving into the past. Experience a day of family fun exploring our history, art and culture. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the lively melodies of the Cape Town Festival concert, in the Iziko Amphitheatre, Company’s Gardens from 10h00.
The Groot Constantia Manor House Museum, managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa, located on one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, will be closed to the public until further notice.
An exciting international exhibition entitled Shared Sky was opened by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor at the Iziko South African National Gallery today, 13 February 2015. Transcending continents, Shared Sky brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s ancient cultural wisdom, alongside one of the world’s greatest scientific and engineering endeavours: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This fascinating art/astronomy exhibition is hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa in partnership with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, SKA South Africa, SKA Australia, and Curtin University Australia’s Institute of Radio Astronomy.
The last week of February promises to be a feast of art and culture in Cape Town. Visitors to the City will be spoiled, with events such as the Cape Town Art Fair (25 Feb – 1 Mar); Design Indaba (25 – 27 Feb); Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa gala event (28 Feb); and the second annual Guild Design Fair (24 Feb – 1 Mar) all planned over this period.
A special exhibition titled Tata Madiba: Father of our Democracy, Father of our Nation is currently on show at the Iziko South African Museum. Commemorating his passing, this exhibition honours the legacy of the beloved former President by exploring his life and role as a struggle hero during apartheid.
Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting an exhibition by acclaimed South African contemporary artist, Penny Siopis. Entitled Time and Again, this retrospective survey into her artistic career will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) from 18 December 2014. This exhibition reflects over three decades of Siopis’ creative production, and draws on the recurring themes of history, sexuality, race, memory, estrangement and violence.
Catch two brand-new Planetarium shows at the Planetarium, Iziko South African Museum!
Full Circle: Star lore comes back to Africa is a stimulating and thought-provoking show that will appeal to all ages, while Davy Dragon and the Star City is a must-see for all those budding astronomers.
The spectacular Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is in its 50th year, and it’s back at the Iziko South African Museum this summer. Featuring 100 breath-taking images of nature in its most astonishing forms, the photographs on display are the culmination of a growing global phenomenon – the finalists of almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries worldwide.
New, upcoming and current exhibitions, planetarium shows, education and public programmes and events, and Friends activities currently on at Iziko Museums of South Africa. For a complete list of what’s happening at our museums, please see the Iziko website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute details.
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.