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The Year of Unity and Renewal: Protecting and Preserving our Human Rights Gains

Join Iziko Museums of South Africa in commemorating and celebrating Human Rights Day For media images and[…]

Talking Heads and Heritage: in conversation with the Lydenburg Heads

For almost 2 000 years, pots, hoes, beads and, later, walls connected people from Lydenburg to Great Zimbabwe and beyond. There is meaning in the space we live in, the things we make or buy and how we choose to use them. Through space and time, this connects us all. Certain milestones in life are also universal. Initiation ceremonies, 21st birthday parties and certain religious rites are all examples of how we celebrate or acknowledge coming of age. While some rites of passage are modern, others have deep roots in the past. The 1-000-year-old Lydenburg Heads show us that rites of passage have been important to the people of southern Africa for a long time. We are putting together an exhibition that celebrates the Lydenburg Heads – one of South Africa’s most treasured archaeological finds – while exploring how diverse and changing cultures celebrate their rites of passage.

Image credits / Iikhredithi zomfanekiso / Beeldkrediete:

Gold-plated rhinoceros figurine / Umfanekiso womkhombe ogqunywe ngegolide / Goudbedekte renosterbeeldjie. © University of Pretoria

Gold finial / Isacholo segolide kuphahla lwendlu / Goue puntversiering. © University of Pretoria

Ceramic pot / Imbiza yomdongwe / Keramiekpot. © Gavin Whitelaw, KwaZulu-Natal Museum

Feathered metal spear / Umkhonto wentsimbi oneentsiba / Geveerde metaalspies. © Iziko Museums of South Africa

Ivory trumpet / Ixilongo lephondo lwendlovu / Ivoortrompet. © Iziko Museums of South Africa

Photographs: Nigel Pamplin. © Iziko Museums of South Africa.


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Dear Visitors,

Please be advised that Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours have been adjusted for weekends.

Winter Weekend Hours:

Saturdays: 08h30 – 16h00

Iziko Museums: Slave Lodge, South African Museum and South African National Gallery,

Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Sundays: 08h30 – 16h00

Iziko Museums: Iziko South African Museum, South African National Gallery

and Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Thank you,

Iziko Management

Dear Visitor 


Iziko Museums’ Winter Operating Hours Update. 


Please be advised that the weekend(SAT and SUN) operating hours have been adjusted. 

The museums will open operate from 08h30 to 16h00 on weekends during winter.


Saturdays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, Iziko South African National Gallery, 

Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge. 


Sundays from 08h30 to 16h00

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium and Iziko South African National Gallery. 


By order 

Iziko Management.