Bertram House is the only remaining example of the English Georgian-style red brick houses that were once common in Cape Town.
It was built c1839 by English immigrant and notary, John Barker, who named it after his first wife, Ann Bertram Findlay. Read more
The Bo-Kaap Museum, situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit. Colourful houses, cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children dressed for Madrassa, add to the unique Cape experience. Read more
Groot Constantia Manor House
The Groot Constantia farm dates back to 1685, making it one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa. Panel, object and archaeological displays give an overview of Groot Constantia from the past to present. Displays include carriages, wine storage and drinking vessels, as well as furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, brass, and copperware. Read more
Koopmans-de Wet House
This house museum is furnished as a home for a well-to-do Cape family during the late 18th Century.
It houses some of the best pieces of Cape furniture and silver in the country, in addition to a priceless collection of ceramics. Read more
The Maritime Centre features an overview of Cape Town shipping, as well as the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison. Images depicting Table Bay from the 17th to 20th Centuries give an idea of the harbour development. There is a collection of ship models and objects associated with shipping. Read more
Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House
Situated in the hub of Cape Town, the Michaelis Collection is housed in the former City Hall (Old Town House), built in 1755 in Cape Rococo style. Donated by Sir Max Michaelis in 1914, the collection consists of a world-renowned selection of Nederlandish art from the 17th Century Golden Age. Read more
The Planetarium, which is housed in the South African Museum building in Cape Town, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. The ultimate in armchair travel. Read more
Rust en Vreugd
Rust en Vreugd was built as a home for Willem Cornelis Boers, a high-ranking official of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) known as a fiscal, around 1777–1778. The house was built on Cape Town’s outer limits. Read more
The SAS Somerset, is permanently moored for public viewing in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town. The SAS Somerset was taken over from the South African Navy on 24 May 1988. She is the only Boom Defence Vessel left. Read more
The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. Under the theme, "From human wrongs to human rights", exhibitions explore the long history of slavery in South Africa.
Through our changing, temporary exhibitions we address issues around and raise awareness of human rights. Read more
Social History Centre
After a three-year programme of renovation and extension of the National Mutual Building on Church Square, it was handed back to Iziko during a media preview event held on International Museum Day, 18 May 2010. Read more
South African Museum
The Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday. Read more
South African National Gallery
South Africa's premier art museum houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. Read more
William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope
Fine and interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape are to be found in the William Fehr Collection. It contains a wealth of historical information concerning the peoples and landscapes of early colonial South Africa. One of the most important public collections of artefacts of the period. Read more
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The Education and Public Programmes Department of Iziko Museums of South Africa offers a range of learning experiences for everyone – whatever your age or level of interest.
School programmes include lessons by our Art Collections, Social History and Natural History departments, as well as the Planetarium School Programme. Public programmes include lectures, workshops, commemorative programmes, winter school and more.
The Iziko Mobile Museum is an educational outreach project designed to take educational museum resources to rural and urban communities that are unable to visit the Iziko Museums.
Today, whales are quite an attraction along our coastline. A new study, recently published in Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, Alcheringa, confirms that baleen whales were also part of the biodiversity in the waters along our coast, between 5-7million years ago. These fossilised whale bones are significant because there are only a few whale fossils known from Africa.read more »
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Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, each with its own history and character. The name Iziko, an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’, embodies the spirit of a transformed institution and our vision of African museums of excellence.read more »
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