Welcome to Iziko Museums of South Africa

Plan your Visit

The South African Museum, founded in 1825 and situated in the historic Company’s Gardens, has seen millions of visitors, attracted by the vast historical collection the museum has to offer, ranging from fossils to ancient insects and historical tools. A visit to this museum is not only culturally enriching, but the impressive natural collection will also ignite a spark of interest in learning more about the creatures with which we share our planet.

The Iziko South African Museum

Hours:

Open between 09h00 and 17h00
Monday to Sunday
Closed on Christmas Day and Workers’ Day

Fees:

Adults: R30.00
Children aged 6 to 18: R15.00
Children aged 5 and under: Free
South African pensioners and students (with valid cards): R15.00 / Free entry on Fridays
School groups: Booked: R5.00; Unbooked: R8.00
Free entry on commemorative days

Plan your Visit

The South African Museum, founded in 1825 and situated in the historic Company’s Gardens, has seen millions of visitors, attracted by the vast historical collection the museum has to offer, ranging from fossils to ancient insects and historical tools. A visit to this museum is not only culturally enriching, but the impressive natural collection will also ignite a spark of interest in learning more about the creatures with which we share our planet.

The Iziko South African Museum

Hours:

Open between 09h00 and 17h00
Monday to Sunday
Closed on Christmas Day and Workers’ Day

Fees:

Adults: R30.00
Children aged 6 to 18: R15.00
Children aged 5 and under: Free
South African pensioners and students (with valid cards): R15.00 / Free entry on Fridays
School groups: Booked: R5.00; Unbooked: R8.00
Free entry on commemorative days

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Iziko Museums

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24/01/2023

For the Love of Flowers

Celebrating flowers, gardens and botanical paintingsAn exhibition at Iziko Rust en Vreugd The garden at Iziko Rust en Vreugd remains an oasis within Cape Town’s busy city centre. Flowers are much loved and admired for their beauty and fragrance and have inspired artists across the centuries and they’ve have been the special focus of still life paintings and botanical drawings. Floral motifs abound in fashion and design in cultures…

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20/01/2023

Fossil hunting moving forward with the times and technology!

By Dr Romala Govender If nothing else, COVID-19 has made us look at the world differently. This extends to our approach to our work around fossils too. Remote sensing has in recent times come to the fore as a new way to approach fossil hunting, bearing in mind this could reduce our time hunting and increase our time excavating. But, because COVID-19 restrictions meant that we were not able…

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20/01/2023

School’ s cool @Iziko

Calling all Educators! Iziko’s many collections bring learning to life with highly visual, and often engaging displays and experiences. A visit to the museum is an immersive learning exploration. Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Art come alive during museum lessons. The school programmes are directly aligned to the national CAPS curriculum and includes visual art, natural history and social history education from pre-primary to high school level and beyond. Museum…

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17/01/2023

Masterpiece of the Month: Gerard Sekoto, Street Scene (1945)

Anna Tietze writes about Gerard Sekoto’s painting, Street Scene (1945), for January’s edition of Masterpiece of the Month About Masterpiece of the Month Reflecting on the 150th anniversary exhibition of Iziko’s Art Collection in 2022, distinguished UCT art historian Anna Tietze is presenting a monthly  essay shining some light on an artwork of her choice from the gallery’s historical collection. Anna Tietze is the author of A History of the Iziko…

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15/12/2022

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is most adaptable to change” – Charles Darwin: the arid adapted Hot-rod ants (Ocymyrmex) in southern Africa

By Nokuthula Mbanyana-Nhleko, Simon van Noort, Theresa Wossler, Johannes Le Roux, & Bonnie Blaimer Deserts are one of the most inhospitable habitats, due to low precipitation and high temperatures. These regions present intense desiccation constraints for the organisms inhabiting these dry habitats. Desiccation resistance, i.e., the ability to regulate water loss is an essential trait for species living in dry regions, especially insects, as they are at high risk…

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Masterpiece of the Month: William Etty, Classical Composition: Bacchanal (undated, early 19th century)

Anna Tietze unpacks William Etty’s, Classical Composition: Bacchanal in the December edition of Masterpiece of the Month About Masterpiece of the Month Reflecting on the 150th anniversary exhibition of Iziko’s Art Collection this year, distinguished UCT art historian Anna Tietze is presenting an essay each month shining some light on an artwork of her choice from the gallery’s historical collection. Anna Tietze is the author of A History of the Iziko…
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Imagine picnics in lush-landscaped gardens, dancing in stately ballrooms, a romantic interlude under velvet night skies, jazz in historic courtyards and dining with whales and dinosaurs. All this and more are on offer at Iziko Museums’ South African Museum, Slave Lodge, Groot Constantia, Rust en Vreugd, the Planetarium and the Castle of Good Hope. All these venues offer unique settings for unforgettable functions.

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