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21/02/2024

Hotrod ants!

Nokuthula Nhleko and Simon van Noort (Research and Exhibitions Department, Iziko Museums of South Africa) Ocymyrmex resekhes with captured insect prey. Photograph by Hamish Robertson. So named for their excessive, high-speed activity in the extreme heat of the day. Highest species richness and endemicity of the genus Ocymyrmex is centred in the arid environments of south-western Africa where ambient temperatures reach over 45 degrees Celsius, and ground surface temperatures can…

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14/02/2024

New book on Wasps of the World published

Simon van Noort (Research and Exhibitions Department, Iziko Museums of South Africa) Wasps have been around since before the dinosaurs and are super successful organisms having proliferated over hundreds of millions of years to evolve, arguably, into the largest order of insects – the Hymenoptera (wasps, bees and ants). They comprise about 150 000 known species, but there are probably at least ten-times this number of unknown species. While…

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17/01/2024

IZIKO MUSEUMS OF SOUTH AFRICA PRESENTS:THEN I KNEW I WAS GOOD AT PAINTING: ESTHERMAHLANGU, A RETROSPECTIVE

Esther Mahlangu. Ndebele Abstract, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 180cm diameter.Image courtesy of the artist and The Melrose Gallery Cape Town, South Africa, 16 January 2024 – Iziko Museums of South Africa is pleased to announce “Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting”: Esther Mahlangu, A Retrospective, is opening on February 17, 2024.Curated by Nontobeko Ntombela, the exhibition highlights Dr Esther Mahlangu’s over 50-year long career and her meteoric…

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22/12/2023

“Resilience Revealed: Unveiling Dignity – The MAD Men of Cape Flats”

The Men Affirming Dignity (MAD) exhibition, currently on display a the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum in Cape Town, serves as a profound platform for marginalized voices, specifically focusing on ‘Coloured’ African men living on the Cape Flats. It’s a significant narrative that highlights their humanity within oppressive belief systems, seeking to amplify their stories rather than romanticize their struggles. This exhibition is groundbreaking in its approach and the fact…

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21/12/2023

Master Piece of the Month Cosimo Rosselli

An early sixteenth-century Italian painting, long discussed in the art-historical literature, has now been traced to the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG).The discovery was made by the Courtauld Institute’s Renaissance specialist Scott Nethersole whilst visiting Breaking Down the Walls earlier this year.The ISANG, has finally been able to solve an important attribution puzzle regarding one of its earliest gifts and one of the finest works in its historical…

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18/12/2023

Celebrating 200 years of IsiXhosa as a writtenand published language

By Nokuthula Mbanyana-Nhleko, Sithembele Harmans, Thando Ngcangisa, Nelson Kilimani, Wandile Kasibe IsiXhosa is one of the twelve official languages in South Africa, and one of the most popular languages in the country. It is widely spoken in the Eastern Cape and is one of the three official languages in the Western Cape. It was first written and published in 1823 by John Ross and John Bennie in Lovedale (King…
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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:

Standard Fee

Adults: R60
Children aged 5 to 17: R60
Pensioners and Students: R60

Upon Presentation of Valid SA ID/ SADC Identification

Adults: R40.00
Children aged 5 to 17: R20.00
South African pensioners and students (with valid cards): R20.00 / Free entry on Fridays
School groups: Booked: R15.00; Unbooked: R15.00
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:

Standard Fee

Adults: R60
Children aged 5 to 17: R60
Pensioners and Students: R60

Upon Presentation of Valid SA ID/ SADC Identification

Adults: R40.00
Children aged 5 to 17: R20.00
South African pensioners and students (with valid cards): R20.00 / Free entry on Fridays
School groups: Booked: R15.00; Unbooked: R15.00
Free entry on commemorative days

Venue Hire

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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Dear Visitor

Please be advised that the Castle of Good Hope will be closed to the public on Thursday, 8 February 2024.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Looking forward to your future visits.

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Iziko Management