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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18/11/2022

Masterpiece of the Month: Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, N’tabeni (1930)

Anna Tietze unpacks Jacob Hendrik Pierneef’s N’tabeni in the November 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 South…

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18/11/2022

Connecting Museums, Research and Communities through International Networking

Museums can influence the present by offering new transformative narratives, proactively addressing colonial legacies, and initiating fundamental changes in museum spaces. The important work done by curators and scientists at the Iziko South African Museum covers a vast range of ground-breaking research into the natural world and aims to stimulate cultural dialogue. Curators from Iziko Museums of South Africa participated in the Protea International Curatorial Exchange program sponsored by…

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02/11/2022

Breaking Down the Walls

Iziko South African National Gallery reopens! Breaking Down the Walls – 150 years of Art Collecting at Iziko opens at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) on Thursday, 27 October 2022. The exhibition reflects the diversity of the Iziko Art Collections and brings together objects and artworks from many other collections within Iziko Museums of South Africa in an innovative and exciting manner. This extensive visual showcase occupies…

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19/10/2022

Future Archaeologists

During Heritage week the Maritime Archaeology Department hosted two job shadow students from two different schools. Joshua Beerwinkel joined us from Pinelands High and Riley Payten came from Montgomery & Miller Academy in Somerset West.  Both boys expressed an interest in Historical archaeology.  Jake Harding introduced them to the Iziko Maritime Archaeology Lab by explaining the conservation procedures followed on collections from waterlogged environments.  He also introduced them to…

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19/10/2022

Rare New Wasp Species Named

New species of rare Dinapsis parasitoid wasps named Simon van Noort (Research and Exhibitions Department, Iziko Museums of South Africa) Thirty years of discovery and documentation of South Africa’s insect species through implementation of invertebrate inventory surveys by Iziko scientists has resulted in huge numbers of undescribed species. A recent taxonomic revision of a rare, archaic parasitoid wasp genus, Dinapsis belonging to the family Megalyridae has led to the…

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10/10/2022

Masterpiece of the Month: Laura Knight, Lopokova in her Dressing-room (c.1919)

Anna Tietze unpacks Laura Knight’s Lopokova in her Dressing-room in the October edition of Masterpiece of the Month About Masterpiece of the Month Reflecting on the 150th anniversary exhibition of Iziko’s Art Collections, which will open on 27 October 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…
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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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