South African Museum

About the venue

Whale Well

The South African Museum, established in 1825 by Lord Charles Somerset, is the oldest and largest museum on the sub-continent. A landmark in the historic Company's Garden, the Museum is housed in an elegant late-Victorian building which was opened in the 1880's and has been enlarged with modern extensions. The centre-piece of the new wing is the Whale Well, one of the Mother city's most spectacular venues.

The ambience of the exhibits, which range from fossil footprints to trance-inspired San rock paintings, lends a unique atmosphere to performances and other events held in the Museum. Celebrating a special occasion or hosting corporate clients in the Whale Well is an unforgettable experience, enhanced by the majestic presence of the Blue Whale. Using the Museum for your special events and conferences furthers awareness of South Africa's rich natural and cultural heritage.


25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Capacity and configuration

Room Theatre Classroom Reception Banquet Boardroom Dimensions Height
Whale Well 250   300 80   300m2  
T H Barry Lecture Theatre 115 (fixed seating)         131m2  
Yellow/Green Room 50 30     15 176m2 2,6m
Red Room 50 30     15 92,75m 2,7m
Blue Room 50 30     15 71,75m 2,7m

Booking details


Please note the following:

No marquees are allowed at any of the Iziko venues
Conditions apply
Tariffs on request 
Only email applications will be considered

TH Barry
EPP Yellow,Blue,Red,Green Rooms