Happy holidays!

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2014

We are looking forward to a busy and fun winter school holiday programme that is sure to keep families entertained. If you’re still wondering how to keep the kids busy, why not come and spend the holidays at Iziko Museums of South Africa, and take advantage of our *half-price holiday discount.

We have put together a programme of events and activities designed to entertain and stimulate the creativity of enquiring young minds over the holidays.

Aspirant architects can participate in a cardboard model-making workshop at Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House on Strand Street. Join an isishweshwe exhibition walkabout at the Iziko Slave lodge and a tour of the Company’s Gardens, the Cape’s very first cultivated garden. Artists will love getting their aprons dirty making potato stamps; macaroni art; and learning the ancient and traditional art of beadwork. Science enthusiasts can walk in the footsteps of giants as they make dinosaur prints; and learn how pollination works.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Knysna over the holidays, don’t miss the Iziko Mobile Museum at the Knysna Oyster Festival from 4 to 10 July 2014.

New exhibitions opening over this period will also ensure that older children and young adults have something to look forward to at Iziko museums. At the Iziko Slave Lodge, visit the installation by Sue Williamson from 27 June 2014. There’s something I must tell you is an exciting multimedia installation consisting of intergenerational conversations with six woman struggle veterans and their ‘born free’ granddaughters.

At the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), “BRAVE NEW WORLD” – 20 Years of Democracy reflects on the country’s history over the past two decades via acquisitions in the permanent collection since the advent of democracy in 1994. Opens on 3 July 2014.

A rare selection of works reflecting design styles and local influences from southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region is on view in Patterns of Contact, also at the Gallery, from 8 July 2014.

WW1, a small exhibition highlighting World War I guns, and WWI related photographs and texts, in the Arms and Armour Room, should prove fascinating to those with an interest in history, the military, and war stories. At the Iziko Slave Lodge from 14 July 2014.

Impressions ofRorke’s Drift: The Jumuna Collection opens at the ISANG on 22 July 2014. The exhibition consists of an important collection of over 100 rare prints and pottery created at the Evangelical Lutheran Art and Craft Centre near Dundee during the 1960s and 1970s. Rorke’s Drift had an important impact on South African contemporary art, as it was one of the few places in South Africa that Black artists could study during the apartheid period. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view some of the previously unseen works from a private collection from Rorke's Drift Missionary Station in KZN.

*Half-price holiday discountAdults and accompanying children enjoy 50% off regular entrance fees to our museums during local school holidays, excl. the Castle of Good Hope & Planetarium.

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