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The repatriation and reburial of Sarah Baartman increased public awareness of past atrocities on the indigenous peoples of South Africa. Many people are not aware that museums house unethically collected human remains of many indigenous peoples collected under questionable circumstances.  The remains of these people await repatriation and although repatriation is a museums’ objective, there are many obstacles.

Within the collections are the remains of women, young and old, as well as children and babies. During the 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children in South Africa, it is especially their plight, their narratives that we would like to make the centre of attention.

The exhibition will contain the empty boxes which currently house human remains within the Iziko collections as well as that of the crate which housed the coffin of Sarah Baartman.


Exhibition Type:
Virtual Exhibition
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Dear Visitor,
Kindly note that the Iziko Bertram House, Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House and Iziko Rust en Vreugd on Friday, 7 April 2023 will be closed to the public.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Iziko Management


Iziko Museums of South Africa will increase entry fees to all Iziko Museums for the first time in a decade, effective 1 April 2023. The new fees schedule was developed after undertaking a benchmarking assessment of local, regional, and national cultural/heritage attractions. The new entrance fees take our communities and visitors into consideration and remains a unique value-for money cultural and edutainment offering in Cape Town.