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Museum connections at Iziko on International Museums Day


Iziko Museums of South Africa will celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) with the rest of the world on 18 May 2018. Iziko’s International Museum Day programme runs from 14-18 May 2018 comprising of a diverse range of educational and interactive activities.

What’s happening – when and where: 

Mobile Museum Connecting Communities: On the 15th and 17th May 2018 the Iziko Mobile Museum will be connecting to communities who are unable to travel to the museum, and will visit Simon’s Town High and Kleinberg Primary schools. This museum outreach project will be showcasing specimens and objects from the museum collections.

Classroom connections:  On 16 May 2018, schools are invited to book a visit at the Iziko South African Museum to learn more about Iziko collections: Marine Biology, Palaeontology, and Herpetology, Entomology, and Archaeology displays.

On International Museum Day, entrance to the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome has been discounted to half price. Discover the story of who we are;fly into space- observe the stars and galaxies or soar amongst the stars. Join the space cadets: Sy, Annie, Armstrong, James, Vladimir, Raj and Sooki for interstellar adventures of a lifetime.

International Museum Day – Special planetarium show times (Half-price tickets are sold at the door on a first come first served basis.)

Shows:                              Time:
Search for life                    14h00
Polaris                               15h00

Entrance to all other Iziko Museums, including: the Iziko South African Museum, Iziko South African National Gallery, Iziko Slave Lodge, Bo-Kaap Museum, Koopmans de Wet House and Rust en Vreugd, Maritime Centre and the Castle of Good Hope will be free on Friday, 18 May.

POP-UP EXHIBITION by Amanzi eAfrika, at the Iziko South African Museum will share daily water saving tips gleaned from nature and our forefathers. A fun-filled set of activities, displays and engagements that deal with water being the basis of life in Africa. Includes a demo of the chemistry of water desalination, exploration of the “Big little things in Water” and engagement with curation and collections staff on the African Natural History of Water-saving.

Connect with our curators – Guided Tours Workshops and Walkabouts:

Join artist, Kali van der Merwe at the Iziko South African Museum, at 12:30 until 13:30, for a guided tour of the exhibition After Life, followed by “Dialogues with a creator – a discussion of the cross fertilisation of art and science, and the return to wonder and imagination. This exhibition poetically explores the deeply meaningful realities that are implicit in the exhibition title – AFTER LIFE – encompassing both the mysteries of life and death. This multi-media exhibition and diaroma’s are a seminal meditation on the nature of life, its vulnerability, impermanence and mystery. The subject matter is compelling and has deep resonance for all – as all of humanity and nature is connected in this inevitable cycle of life.

At the Iziko Slave Lodge, guided tours of gender-based exhibitions: “Still Figuring Out What it Means to Be a Man” and “I Am What I Am: Places, Faces & Spaces”, takes place at 14:00 and 15:00 respectively. Through these contact connections, issues such as gender-based and sexual violence; challenging stigmas related to sex work, and confronting hegemonic ideals of masculinity are discussed.

The transformation of gender relations is key to enhancing our freedom as humans and as citizens and creating sustainable peace in our society. A Healing and Transformation of Gender Relations workshop will be hosted at the Iziko Slave Lodge on Saturday, 19 May from 10am until 13:00. Gender issues lie at the heart of many of the social issues that plague our communities and personal lives: relationship problems, domestic violence, gangsterism, violent crime, substance abuse, bullying, lack of intimacy, loneliness, teenage pregnancy, rape, etc. The Gender Equity and Reconciliation (GER) process provides a rare forum to jointly confront the personal, social, and cross-cultural origins of gender oppression and exploitation, and to reach mutual healing and understanding. RSVP: Zanele Khumalo at zani.khumalo@gmail.comor Wandile Kasibe at

For further information contact Wandile Goozen Kasibe on 021 481 3804/13 or email:


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Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith
Marketing and Communications Manager: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3874 Cellphone: 0731074955                 
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On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa

Notes to editor:

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 ( or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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