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Seedtime: An Omar Badsha Retrospective

  • Apr 13, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a retrospective exhibition of works by South African artist and former political activist, Omar Badsha. The exhibition entitled Seedtime, will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and showcases Badsha’s early drawings, artworks and celebrated photographic essays, spanning a period of 50 years.


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Museum treasures return to Groot Constantia Manor House

  • Apr 3, 2015

The Groot Constantia Manor House Museum will re-open to the public this weekend. The historic core at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate is managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa.


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Gateway to Antarctica

  • Mar 25, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the well-known Cape Town maritime artist, Peter Bilas. The exhibition entitled Gateway to Antarctica is curated by the Ship Society of South Africa in association with Stellenbosch University and GAC shipping. Gateway to Antarctica is comprised of 11 paintings depicting historical ships that have visited the Antarctic region, and will be publicly displayed for the first time at the Iziko Maritime Centre in Union-Castle House, V&A Waterfront.


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Free Entry at Iziko Museums on Human Rights Day

  • Mar 20, 2015

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.


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Iziko Groot Constantia Manor House - Temporary closure

  • Mar 4, 2015

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.


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Shared Sky Exhibition

  • Feb 13, 2015

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. 


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‘Museum Night’ arrives in South Africa

  • Jan 27, 2015

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.


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Iziko celebrates Tata Madiba: Father of our Democracy, Father of our Nation

  • Jan 13, 2015

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.


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Time and Again: A retrospective exhibition by Penny Siopis

  • Jan 6, 2015

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.


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New Holiday Planetarium Shows at Iziko

  • Jan 2, 2015

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.


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Dive into Our Heritage at Iziko Museums

  • Dec 2, 2014

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).


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Ink, Paper, Politics: The Agency of Print as Social Critique

  • Nov 20, 2014

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).