• Posted: Dec 6, 2017

Encounter, Discover, Explore…art, nature, people and more! This summer holiday #BeatTheHeat and visit one of Iziko’s cool museums at *half price!

Explorers of all ages are invited to see the wonders of South Africa and Africa’s natural history at the Iziko South African Museum. Be amazed by rock art dating back millions of years still visible today, and discover how Africa’s ancient civilisations were able to survive. Take a pre-historic journey with our African Dinosaurs and encounter the gigantic great-great-grandfather of all ‘crocs’!  The Nature’s Best Photography Africa exhibition takes visitors for a walk on the wild side with the most exquisite photography from across the continent! The Discovery Room will be open weekdays from 11am-3pm, please enquire at the museum reception.

Runners and festival goers, the Iziko Mobile Museum will be at the Gugulethu Race on Reconciliation Day, 16 December, and at the Stanford Street Festival on 17 December.

Six amazing exhibitions are on display at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), each offering something unique for all art enthusiasts!

Hidden Treasurespresents works from the Gallery’s permanent collection – some never seen before! The ancient art of abstraction is explored in Assessing Abstraction; while Painted Surfaces showcases groundbreaking research of famous South African paintings, bringing to light the artist’s process.

Derek Bauer’s Alternative Press exhibits fiercely independent and challenging views of the then apartheid government. The black and white photographic exhibition, Footprints is a culmination of 25 years of work by Andrew Tshabangu. Standard Bank Young Artist 2017, Beth Armstong’s in perpetuum highlights the use of sculpture to explore different expressions of density and looseness in relation to scale, structure, materiality, space, representation and process.  

Children aged 7 – 12 years, canvas the wonders of the ISANG on 13 December! Navigate through the current exhibitions with a Gallery Hunt worksheet – and create a 2D mixed media masterpiece. Bookings are essential, email

Recollect the origins of our roots at the Iziko Slave Lodge and discover the story behind surnames in My Naam is Februarie. Delve into stories at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum where the narratives of Cape Town’s slaves after their emancipation are told.

Make Iziko museums part of your holiday plans for a South African journey of discovery! Holiday discounts at Iziko include half-price entry for children accompanying adults. Iziko museums will be closed on Christmas Day.

*Half price discounts exclude the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, Castle of Good Hope and Groot Constantia.



Issued by: Kim Lindeboom, Communications Coordinator

Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3874
Cellphone: 083 356 6043                               

On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa


About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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