Visitor information

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, each with its own history and character. The name Iziko, an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’, embodies the spirit of a transformed institution and our vision as African museums of excellence. The three ‘flames’ in our hearth logo represent the three collections brought together in our museums; Social History (ochre); Art  (red); and Natural History (green).

For any enquiries contact Iziko via the switchboard on Tel: +2724813800

Iziko Museums of South Africa: New Operating Hours
Iziko Museums of South Africa has implemented a series of new operating days and hours.
Tour groups and school bookings for Iziko Rust en Vreugd and Koopman’s de Wet House, must be made by contacting the Bookings Assistant, Warda Harris, via Email: or Tel: 021 481 3823.                                The Old Town House and Betram House remain closed until further notice. 

Additional Information:


Commemorative Days


Human Rights Day

March 21st

Freedom Day

April 27th

International Museum Day  

May 18th

Africa Day

May 25th

Youth Day

June 16th

National Women’s Day

August 9th

Heritage week

September 17th – 24th

Emancipation Day

December 1st

World Aids Day

December 1st

Reconciliation Day

December 16th

*excludes Free Entry to Groot Constantia, Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium and Digital Dome.

Annually, Groot Constantia and the Castle of Good Hope offer Free Entrance only on Heritage Day, 24 September.

  • Free access to children aged 5 and under*
  • SA pensioners and students enter free on Fridays, upon provision of a valid student card                                                                                                         *(Excludes Iziko Planetarium, Castle of Good Hope and Groot Constantia)
  • ICOM and SAMA members enter free on provision of valid cards * (Excludes Planetarium, Groot Constantia and Castle of Good Hope)
  • Educators accompanying school groups enter free of charge
  • School visits: Unbooked school groups cost R8, 00 per learner. Booked school groups cost R5, 00 per learner.*(excludes Planetarium)
  • School bookings must be made via the Iziko Education and Public Programmes Booking office by contacting Ms Wardah Harris on 021 481 3823 or

Planetarium and Digital Dome Guidelines:

  • Annually, the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome offers half price entry on International Museum Day( 18 May),

 as well as Heritage Day (24 September).

  • Planetarium entry includes access to Iziko South African Museum
  • Unbooked school groups are not permitted
  • Access to the Planetarium is not included in the Free Friday for students and pensioners
  • School bookings for Planetarium shows cost R15, 00 per learner and must be made via the Iziko Education and Public Programmes Booking office by contacting Ms Wardah Harris on 021 481 3823 or

Groot Constantia:

  • Visitor Route Ticket includes museum visit, Cloete Cellar wine tasting and the existing wine tasting centre). Cost R95 (only persons 18 and over as it includes wines tasting)
  • The museum is only free on Heritage Day.

Castle of Good Hope Guidelines:

  • Pricing is set by the Castle Control Board
  • Free access only on Heritage Day (24 September)
  • For bookings contact 021 787 1249 or