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National Science Week 2019

At the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

Media images and interview requests and enquiries, please contact:
Zikhona Jafta 021 481 3838 or email

Tuesday, 30 July until Sunday, 4 August 2019

In support of National Science Week, Iziko Museums of South Africa will provide free access to the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome from 30 July until 4 August 2019 – sponsored by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement.  Astronomy acts as a gateway to many scientific disciplines. Over the years, visits to the planetarium have stimulated young minds to investigate careers in the fields of science and maths. Show times and booking details are available online http:/shows

The Iziko Planetarium is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent. This world class, multi-functional facility is a space of innovation and discovery – where art, science and entertainment meet. It provides an immersive 360 degree perspective, 3D edu-tainment experience. Virtual voyages include exploring the furthest reaches of the universe; the depths of our oceans; the inner workings of the human body and the intricacies of atomic and chemical structures.

Recently upgraded as part of a collaborative project funded by the Departments of Art and Culture; the Department of Science and Technology, the National Research Foundation, as well as academic institutions: University of the Western Cape; University of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology – the Iziko Planetarium is now also used for cutting-edge scientific research to optimise South Africa’s eResearch and data visualisation capacity.

National Science Week is an opportunity to seek, explore and discover the world around us and beyond. Advancement in technology, science, engineering and creative economies are fundamental elements of the future. Creating access, nurturing talent and developing skills in these areas are essential for South Africa.

Show times and booking details are available online http:/shows



Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith
Acting Director Advancement: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3861                
Cell phone: 0731074955
On behalf of: 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 ( or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

About National Science Week

National Science Week (NSW) is an annual celebration of science, engineering and technology, attracting thousands of learners and members of the public to workshops, science shows and lectures, which are held at universities, schools, science centres and public facilities countrywide – led by the Department of Science and Technology.


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Dear Visitor

Please be advised that the Castle of Good Hope will be closed to the public on Thursday, 8 February 2024.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Looking forward to your future visits.


Iziko Management