Contact details

  • 17 Church Square, Cape Town
  • Open Monday to Friday from 10h00 to 17h00
  • Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Day and Workers' Day
  • No entrance fee
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 461 3375

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.

The event also marked the renaming of the building as the Iziko Social History Centre. The renovated building boasts a range of special features and has been turned into a world-class museum facility for the housing of the reserve Social History collections and archives.

These include indigenous cultural material from southern Africa, artefacts from the colonial period of the Cape, including maritime and historical archaeology, as well as collections of world ceramics, furniture, coins and textiles, among others. The collections will be housed in a secure environment, with excellent temperature, humidity and fire prevention systems devised according to international best practice.