International Museum Day celebrations at Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Posted: 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.

During the week 13 – 17 May

Iziko’s programme kicks off with daily tours of the exhibitions, OR Tambo: The modest revolutionary andThe isiShweshwe Story: material women?, on show at the Iziko Slave Lodge. Discover the Role of science and technology in accelerating national development, an exhibition by the Department of Science and Technology on 16 and 17 May at the Iziko South African Museum (ISAM). A diverse range of books, journals, posters and exhibition catalogues will be available at the annual book sale on 17 May held in the Atrium at the Iziko South African National Gallery from 10:00-15:00.

International Museum Day 18 May

Make International Museum Day an all day event and explore all our museums for free. The programme is jam-packed with exciting and interesting activities for the young and bold. ‘Djembe Mania’ will perform and host a drumming session in the Amphitheatre (ISAM) at 10:00. Drum up some courage before exploring ISAM and interacting with the live displays of creepy crawlies and microfossils. Adventure seekers, join us in the ISAM Activity Centre from 12:30-15:00 for our mock fossil dig. Awake the archaeologist in you and find hidden fossils and artefacts.

Travel to the stars and be transported through space with our free Planetarium shows.  Fly to the moon with our delectable dragon, Davy, and explore the universe and the Milky Way. Find constellations and planets that are visible in The Sky Tonight and discover the only geographical feature on Earth to be represented as a constellation in the sky, Table Mountain! 

Meet Remy, a determined young rat who dreams of becoming a renowned French chef at the screening of Ratatouille (2007) in the TH Barry lecture Theatre from 11:00-13:00. The Western Cape, through the Eyes and Minds of Young Filmmakers, showcases the work by local filmmakers, trained at the award wining Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking. Guest speaker, Alan Winde, MEC Department of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, will talk about the ‘Role of Film in the Cape’ in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre from 14:30-17:00

Join curator, Pam Warne for a walk-about of the exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Land Act, Umhlaba 1913-2013. Discover how history meets art through photography at the Iziko South African National Gallery from 11:00-12:00.

The panel discussion ‘OR Tambo: Leadership and legacy, looks at the remarkable story of how the struggle against apartheid became one of the largest global movements of the 20th Century. Join panellists, Hon. Fezile Bhengu, Ryland Fisher and Dr Gregory Houston from 12:30-14:00 at the Iziko Slave Lodge.

Discover the many uses of isishweshwe at our post-card-making workshops, starting at 13:30, or join the doll-making workshop at 14:00 at ISL. Share our cultural heritage and celebrate International Museum Day with friends and family at Iziko! Also catch the Iziko Mobile Museum at the College of Cape Town (Cape Town Campus) on 24 May and the Khayelitsha Museum on Africa Day, 25 May, as Iziko creates museums without walls!

For further information please feel free to contact Wandile Goozen Kasibe on 021 481 3804/13 or email:



Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, 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 non-profit 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).


  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 18 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 21-27 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December
  • Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium, free only on International Museum Day and Heritage Day 

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