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And the winners are…-‘Nature’s Best Photography Africa’ Awards

  • Jun 22, 2016

The winners of the prestigious, global photographic competition “Nature’s Best Photography Africa” were announced last night, 21 June, at a Gala Awards event held at the Iziko South African Museum. 


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Commemorate, Connect and Celebrate Youth Day at Iziko

  • Jun 9, 2016

To commemorate 40 years since the Soweto Uprising, Iziko Museums of South Africa has granted free entry to nine of its museums in and around Cape Town on Youth Day, Thursday, 16 June 2016. The Youth Day programme will take place at the Iziko Slave Lodge, the focus of which is to commemorate, connect and celebrate the Youth of the Past, Present and Future and to reflect on the activism of youth in South Africa.  


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‘Nature’s Best Photography Africa’ Exhibition Opens at Iziko in June

  • Jun 9, 2016

The winning images from Nature’s Best Photography (NBP) Africa 2016, the premier annual African focused nature photography competition, will be exhibited at the Iziko South African Museum from the 22nd June until the 25th September 2016.  


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The Art of Disruptions

  • Jun 9, 2016

This year, 2016, marks several keystones in the history of South Africa. The 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria against pass laws, the declaration of District Six as a whites-only area in 1966 (under the Group Areas Act of 1950), the 40th anniversary of the 1976 youth protests, (mainly against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction), and the 1986 declaration of a state of emergency (the first was in 1985) by the South African government intended to repress and curb mass action.


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Five million year old baleen whales from the West Coast of South Africa

  • May 27, 2016

Today, whales are quite an attraction along our coastline. A new study, recently published in Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, Alcheringa, confirms that baleen whales were also part of the biodiversity in the waters along our coast, between 5-7million years ago. These fossilised whale bones are significant because there are only a few whale fossils known from Africa. 


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Iziko team in their traditional attires embracing Africa Day

  • May 26, 2016

Africa Day commemorate our cultural diversity and unity. Iziko museums of South Africa as an organisation comprise of a diversified team. 


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“We are Africa” this Africa Day at Iziko Museums

  • May 23, 2016

Africa Day, 25 May 2016, themed “We are Africa”, gives us the opportunity to explore and engage with our African-ness.  To take pride, as an African, in the rich legacy of this vast, majestic continent - from the pyramids of Giza in the north, to the learned texts of Mali in its heart, to the magnificent rock art of the Khoi San in the south.  What does this mean to South Africans, dangling at Africa’s foot? Iziko Museums of South Africa offers the perfect platform for your personal dialogue with Africa. 


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IZIKO MUSEUMS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

  • May 13, 2016

On Wednesday, 18 May 2016, Iziko Museums of South Africa joins the global museum community to celebrate International Museum Day under the banner “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.”  Entrance is free (excluding the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope) and an exciting programme of activities is planned starting at 10 am.


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Diana Ferrus pays tribute to the São José slaves

  • Mar 30, 2016

Last year, Iziko Museums asked Diana Ferrus to write a poem in memory of the 300 slaves who drowned when the Portuguese slave ship, São José wrecked off the coast of Clifton, Cape Town in 1794. The ship was en route from Mozambique to Brazil when it ran aground due to adverse weather.


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#NametheTurtle Competition

  • Mar 18, 2016

Our Green Turtle’s case will be renovated soon and it needs a name to go with its shiny, new case!


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Whatz On @Iziko

  • Mar 18, 2016

For all new, upcoming and current exhibitions, planetarium shows, education and public programmes and events, and Friends activities currently on at Iziko Museums of South Africa, please see the Iziko website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute details.