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Celebrate Summer: Visit an Iziko Museum this season and #BeatTheHeat!

Iziko Museum

For more information or general enquiries, please contact:
Zikhona Jafta 021 481 3838 or email

We’re nearing the end of January 2019 already, and if you’ve been looking for an ideal family outing that is easy on the wallet – especially at this time of year – look no further! Iziko Museums of South Africa is inviting you to step indoors and #BeatTheHeat – discover, encounter, explore… Art, nature, people and more!

Explorers of all ages are invited to see and experience the wonders of South Africa and Africa’s natural history at the Iziko South African Museum – be amazed by rock art which dates back millions of years, and discover how Africa’s ancient civilisations were able to survive. Go on a prehistoric journey with our African Dinosaurs and meet the gigantic great-great-grandfather of all ‘crocs’ – the Sarcosuchus! You can also take a walk on the wild side with the Nature’s Best Photography Africa 2018 exhibition, where the best of international wildlife photographers are showcasing their most exquisite images of the African continent.

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is offering visitors an experience unlike any other in South Africa, let alone the continent, this summer! Take a virtual ride in our immersive digital full-dome theatre – with screenings such as Perfect Little Planet, Dream to Fly and Asteroid Mission Extreme, we’ll keep you coming back for more! Shows are available daily from Tuesdays to Sundays, and on Wednesday evenings.

Get in touch with your inner artist and escape the heat at the Iziko South African National Gallery – with three exhibitions currently up on show, we’re certain that there’s something unique for all art enthusiasts! Hidden Treasures presents works from the Gallery’s permanent collection (some of which have never been seen before!) and the ancient art of abstraction is explored in Assessing Abstraction. Not the Usual Suspects comes as a tribute to the renowned Market Photo Workshop, showcasing the work of over 100 artists and asking us to consider notions of access and visibility. It’s a dialogue between archives and public histories, us and you!

Reflect on the origins of our roots at the Iziko Slave Lodge and uncover our history – from life in Ancient Egypt with Kemet, to the extraordinary story of The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794; and learn about the experience of colonial subjects through a specific focus on the lives of three women in Under Cover of Darkness. Delve into stories at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, where the narratives of Cape Town’s slaves, after their emancipation, are told.

For a journey of discovery full of adventure, and to #BeatTheHeat this summer, be sure not to miss out at Iziko Museums of South Africa!


Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830
Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa


About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook (, Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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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.