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Embrace Pan-Africanism at Iziko on Africa Day

  • May 20, 2015

Celebrate Africa Day with free entry to Iziko Museums of South Africa on Monday, 25 May*. Embrace African unity by exploring our diverse heritage, art and natural history collections at Iziko.


Iziko Palaeontologist awarded A-rating by NRF

  • May 19, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa Curator, Dr Roger M. H. Smith, was recognised as a pioneering international scholar and awarded an A-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF) for his research in palaeontology and other spheres of geology.  Dr Smith, Curator Karoo Palaeontology, has worked as a palaeontologist, based at the Iziko South African Museum since 1983 His research specialty is to combine field-generated geological and palaeontological data into reconstructions of ancient ecosystems.


Explore International Museum Day at Iziko

  • May 8, 2015

Head to Iziko Museums of South Africa on International Museum Day. Iziko has an exciting programme of free events and activities for International Museum Week, promising hours of fun and edutainment for the whole family. The fun starts on Monday, 11 May and will continue until International Museum Day (IMD) on Monday, 18 May when visitors are granted free access to our museums! The IMD theme for 2015 is ‘Museums for a sustainable society’.


Iziko launches ‘There’s something I must tell you’ website

  • May 5, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of an accompanying website to the exhibition, There’s something I must tell you. Currently on show at the Iziko Slave Lodge, the exhibition showcases work by acclaimed South African artist, Sue Williamson, spanning a period of 30 years.  The website serves to augment the exhibition, providing those who are unable to visit the museum, with access to Williamson’s work.


Ground-breaking Wasp Identification Resource Published Online

  • May 5, 2015

Scientists are now able to easily identify parasitoid wasps, occurring in the African and Madagascan regions, via free online resources. The initiative, launched by Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, aims to facilitate future research on the ecologically and agriculturally important parasitoid wasps.


Seedtime: An Omar Badsha Retrospective

  • Apr 13, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting a retrospective exhibition of works by South African artist and former political activist, Omar Badsha. The exhibition entitled Seedtime, will be displayed at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and showcases Badsha’s early drawings, artworks and celebrated photographic essays, spanning a period of 50 years.


Museum treasures return to Groot Constantia Manor House

  • Apr 3, 2015

The Groot Constantia Manor House Museum will re-open to the public this weekend. The historic core at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate is managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa.


Gateway to Antarctica

  • Mar 25, 2015

Iziko Museums of South Africa is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the well-known Cape Town maritime artist, Peter Bilas. The exhibition entitled Gateway to Antarctica is curated by the Ship Society of South Africa in association with Stellenbosch University and GAC shipping. Gateway to Antarctica is comprised of 11 paintings depicting historical ships that have visited the Antarctic region, and will be publicly displayed for the first time at the Iziko Maritime Centre in Union-Castle House, V&A Waterfront.


Free Entry at Iziko Museums on Human Rights Day

  • Mar 20, 2015

Celebrate Human Rights Day with free entry to Iziko Museums of South Africa*. Museums are places of engagement and wonder, providing the opportunity to travel through time, delving into the past.  Experience a day of family fun exploring our history, art and culture. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the lively melodies of the Cape Town Festival concert, in the Iziko Amphitheatre, Company’s Gardens from 10h00.


Iziko Groot Constantia Manor House - Temporary closure

  • Mar 4, 2015

The Groot Constantia Manor House Museum, managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa, located on one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa, will be closed to the public until further notice.


Shared Sky Exhibition

  • Feb 13, 2015

An exciting international exhibition entitled Shared Sky was opened by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor at the Iziko South African National Gallery today, 13 February 2015.  Transcending continents, Shared Sky brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s ancient cultural wisdom, alongside one of the world’s greatest scientific and engineering endeavours: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This fascinating art/astronomy exhibition is hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa in partnership with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, SKA South Africa, SKA Australia, and Curtin University Australia’s Institute of Radio Astronomy. 


‘Museum Night’ arrives in South Africa

  • Jan 27, 2015

The last week of February promises to be a feast of art and culture in Cape Town. Visitors to the City will be spoiled, with events such as the Cape Town Art Fair (25 Feb – 1 Mar); Design Indaba (25 – 27 Feb); Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa gala event (28 Feb); and the second annual Guild Design Fair (24 Feb – 1 Mar) all planned over this period.