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  • Posted: 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.

“Museums are relevant and inclusive places where people can explore our collective heritage, historic and artistic landscape,” says Rooksana Omar, CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa.  Visit Iziko and explore our museums this Freedom Day.

All Iziko museums will be closed on Workers’ Day, 1 May 2013.

Iziko is an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’, traditionally and symbolically the social centre of the home; a place associated with warmth, kinship and ancestral spirits. Similarly, the museums that make up Iziko are spaces for cultural interaction where knowledge is shared, stories told and experiences enjoyed. 



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
  • Castleof Good Hopeand Planetarium, free only on International Museum Day and Heritage Day 

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