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Join the global community in celebrating International Museum Day 2019!

Iziko South African Museum

With *free entry at selected Iziko Museums of South Africa

Celebrate International Museum Day on Saturday, 18 May 2019 with *free entry to (selected) Iziko Museums of South Africa, and half-price entry to Iziko Planetarium shows. This global initiative was developed by International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977, and seeks to raise awareness around the role museums play in cultural exchange, the enrichment of cultures, and within the development of a greater mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.

Under the global theme of “Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition”, Iziko Museums of South Africa will be hosting an exciting and engaging International Museum Day Programme that runs from the 13 – 18 May 2019. This includes a pop-up exhibition of edible insects at the Iziko South African Museum; a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Iziko Social History Centre; exhibitions by the Iziko Mobile Museum at various locations around the greater Cape Town region; and a number of tours of the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum. The Iziko Mobile Museum will take the “museum without walls’ to communities, who many not have the opportunity to physically visit the museum. They mobile museum will be at the Multipurpose Centre of Marine Primary, Ocean View, on Wednesday and at the school library, Simon’s Town Primary, on 17 May .

On Saturday, 18 May, Iziko’s programme of events will run between 09h00 and 16h00, and will include a number of half-price screenings at the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome; a live insect and spider display, dance performances, and face painting activities – all in the Iziko South African Museum; and an interactive ‘water is life’ activity in the H2O Today exhibition space, also located at the Iziko South African Museum.

*Free entry on 18 May applies to Iziko Museums,
Half-price entry to the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome
Excludes Free entry to Groot Constantia.

For more information and booking details, visit


Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email:
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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