Media and press releases – News


Rare masterpiece returns to France

  • May 28, 2013

‘The King’s Map’ is set to return and rest at its home, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. This rare masterpiece is a unique map of South Africa produced 222 years ago. Nearly 3 x 2m in size – painted on brushed cotton for King Louis XVI of France – the map, a record of biodiversity and animal distribution in southern Africa,has 66 illustrations of animals, birds, and plants.  It illustrates the route travelled by French traveller, free thinker and social critic of the time - during the birth of democracy, François Le Vaillant.


Canadian Governor General visits the Iziko Slave Lodge

  • May 24, 2013

Canada's Governor General, His Excellency, David Johnston, visited Iziko Museums of South Africa for a guided tour of the Iziko Slave Lodge on Monday, 20 May. Johnston was visiting South Africa from 19 to 22 May, as part of a tour of Africa, aimed at exploring prospects for closer ties between Canada and South Africa in science, technology and education.


International Museum Day celebrations at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • May 8, 2013

International Museum Day is celebrated annually across the globe on 18 May. Join Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) for a fun-filled day of adventure, exploration and discovery. The theme this year is: Museums (creativity + memory) = social change. This initiative aims to increase awareness of the role of museums as agents of social change.    By looking at our past we can build the future.

Public Holidays Operational Times

  • Apr 26, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa is commemorating Freedom Day by offering *free entry for all (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium)on 27 April 2013. Iziko Bertram House, Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House and Iziko Rust & Vreugd museums will be closed on this day.

Watch this space

  • Apr 23, 2013

It is our pleasure to let you know that the first edition of Iziko Museums of South Africa’s newsletter, i on Iziko, will be published later this month. With this newsletter, we would like to share news about our exciting exhibitions, collections and programmes, and of course, keep you up to date with any new additions to our collections.


Insider Art: VI

  • Apr 15, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with Young in Prison South Africa (YiPSA), is hosting an exhibition entitled: Insider Art: VI at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, on show until 29 April 2013.


Minster of Arts and Culture visits Iziko South African National Gallery

  • Apr 4, 2013

Minster of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile, visited the exhibition, Umhlaba 1913-2013: Commemorating the 1913 Land Act, currently on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery, today, 3 April 2013. The 100 year commemoration of the Land Act provides an unparalleled opportunity to tell stories of the land in ways that have not been told before. Minister Mashatile joined one of the curators, Pam Warne, of Iziko Museums of South Africa, for a walk-about of the exhibition and Gallery.


Umhlaba 1913-2013

  • Mar 25, 2013

The enactment of the Land Act in 1913 was one of the most significant events in South African history, affecting thousands of rural communities and the lives of millions of South Africans. To mark its centenary, the photographic exhibition Umhlaba (from the Nguni languagesmeaning land) will be hosted in Cape Town at the Iziko South African National Gallery. The exhibition is curated by David Goldblatt, Paul Weinberg, Bongi Dhlomo-Mautloaand Pam Warne.



  • Mar 21, 2013

A belated – yet significant – step has been taken to acknowledge Oliver Tambo’s pivotal contribution to the freedom struggle in South Africa. Twenty years after his death, a world class exhibition will be hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa. Imbued with historical resonance, this seminal tribute to Tambo, or “OR”, as he was lovingly known, will be launched on the eve of Human Rights Day, or Sharpeville Day as this day was previously known.


Free Entry on Human Rights Day

  • Mar 20, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa is commemorating Human Rights Day by offering *free entry for all (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium)on 21 March 2013. Join Iziko and the Cape Town Festival in the Amphitheatre at the Iziko South African Museum, from 11:00 for performances by Rebirth, Alen the Singing Car Guard, Gugulethu Tenors, Chad Saaiman, and many more.

Iziko Museums of South Africa admission fee adjustments 2013

  • Mar 15, 2013

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) is the custodian of our country’s heritage. Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection-specific libraries in Cape Town.  After benchmarking with museums of similar size, Iziko has revised its admission fee structure for the first time since 2010. The new admission fee adjustments will be implemented as of 1 April 2013.


The Isishweshwe Story: Material Women?

  • Feb 23, 2013

It is with great excitement that Iziko Museums of South Africa announces a new exhibition at the Slave Lodge.  The isiShweshwe Story: Material Women? is thefirst in-depth exhibition conceived and created about isishweshwe.  This fabric is used today by many women – and men – in southern Africa as traditional, daily and fashion wear.