Media and press releases – News

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Iziko Planetarium set for digital evolution

  • Jul 27, 2016

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) is set to enter the next era of technological advancement. Iziko is proud to announce that the Iziko Planetarium, located at the Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town, will undergo major digital upgrade. The Iziko Planetarium Digital Upgrade Project will culminate in a state-of-the-art digital fulldome immersive theatre facility by early 2017.


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Join the Nelson Mandela Dialogue at Iziko Museums this Mandela Month

  • Jul 22, 2016

On Saturday, 30 July 2016, Iziko Education and Public Programmes (EPP) will be hosting the Nelson Mandela Dialogue.  Aimed at reflecting on the legacy of the man, the discussion will look into the challenges facing our democracy today. Strengthening our democracy requires consistent, continued and collective commitment from citizens.


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MUSEUM NIGHT AT IZIKO MARITIME CENTRE, V & A WATERFRONT

  • Jul 11, 2016

The Iziko Maritime Centre will be buzzing with activity on Thursday, 14 July 2016 as part of Museum Night  at the V & A Waterfront.   Museum Night has fast becoming a  favourite Thursday night event for Capetonians, when selected museums stay open until 9pm and interesting activations are organised.


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Slave wreck artefacts set for next trans-Atlantic journey

  • Jul 7, 2016

Over 220 years after it foundered just off the Clifton coast in Cape Town, the discovery of the shipwreck of the Portuguese slaver, São José Paquete de Africa was the first successful effort ever, to bring to light the archaeological vestiges of one of thousands of vessels that brought over ten million Africans in chains to the Americas. The submerged site of the São José and the artefacts recovered from this wreck are both unique and priceless.


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Winter Holidays sorted at Iziko museums with HALF-PRICE ENTRY

  • Jun 30, 2016

Iziko Museums of South Africa, together with its Education and Public Programmesdepartment, invite all families to a journey back in time during the Winter School Holidays, with half-price entry to our museums (excluding the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope) for children and accompanying adults.


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Moses Tladi Unearthed at the National Arts Festival

  • Jun 30, 2016

Iziko Museums of South Africa is pleased to announce that the first major South African exhibition of the work by Moses Tladi (1903–1959) will open at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from 30 June to 10 July 2016


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And the winners are…-‘Nature’s Best Photography Africa’ Awards

  • Jun 22, 2016

The winners of the prestigious, global photographic competition “Nature’s Best Photography Africa” were announced last night, 21 June, at a Gala Awards event held at the Iziko South African Museum. 


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Commemorate, Connect and Celebrate Youth Day at Iziko

  • Jun 9, 2016

To commemorate 40 years since the Soweto Uprising, Iziko Museums of South Africa has granted free entry to nine of its museums in and around Cape Town on Youth Day, Thursday, 16 June 2016. The Youth Day programme will take place at the Iziko Slave Lodge, the focus of which is to commemorate, connect and celebrate the Youth of the Past, Present and Future and to reflect on the activism of youth in South Africa.  


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‘Nature’s Best Photography Africa’ Exhibition Opens at Iziko in June

  • Jun 9, 2016

The winning images from Nature’s Best Photography (NBP) Africa 2016, the premier annual African focused nature photography competition, will be exhibited at the Iziko South African Museum from the 22nd June until the 25th September 2016.  


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The Art of Disruptions

  • Jun 9, 2016

This year, 2016, marks several keystones in the history of South Africa. The 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria against pass laws, the declaration of District Six as a whites-only area in 1966 (under the Group Areas Act of 1950), the 40th anniversary of the 1976 youth protests, (mainly against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction), and the 1986 declaration of a state of emergency (the first was in 1985) by the South African government intended to repress and curb mass action.


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Five million year old baleen whales from the West Coast of South Africa

  • May 27, 2016

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.