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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Africa Day commemorate our cultural diversity and unity. Iziko museums of South Africa as an organisation comprise of a diversified team.
Africa Day, 25 May 2016, themed “We are Africa”, gives us the opportunity to explore and engage with our African-ness. To take pride, as an African, in the rich legacy of this vast, majestic continent - from the pyramids of Giza in the north, to the learned texts of Mali in its heart, to the magnificent rock art of the Khoi San in the south. What does this mean to South Africans, dangling at Africa’s foot? Iziko Museums of South Africa offers the perfect platform for your personal dialogue with Africa.
On Wednesday, 18 May 2016, Iziko Museums of South Africa joins the global museum community to celebrate International Museum Day under the banner “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.” Entrance is free (excluding the Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope) and an exciting programme of activities is planned starting at 10 am.