Celebrate Human Rights Day with FREE access to Iziko Museums

  • Posted: Mar 14, 2011

Iziko Museums commemorates the significance of Human Rights Day, Monday, 21st March, by inviting the public to visit our museums for free (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Planetarium). Iziko Museums operate twelve national museums in Cape Town, comprising of the Social History, National History and Art Collections departments.

Iziko is an isiXhosa word meaning ‘hearth’ – a symbolic centre of cultural activity where ideas can be exchanged and stories shared. What better way to commemorate our nation’s struggle for liberation and our eventual realisation of equality and dignity for all South Africans, than by visiting Iziko Museums - the hearth of our heritage. There are many permanent and temporary exhibitions on show that will appeal to adults and children alike such as the African Dinosaurs at the Iziko South African Museum, Adornment: Imagining Beauty at the Iziko South African National Gallery and Ghoema an Glitter at the Castle of Good Hope. You may also want to visit our house museums which have been magnificently restored to its original splendour, Bertram House, Koopmans-de Wet House and Groot Constantia is bound to enthrall you.

The Iziko Slave Lodge is a site of human wrongs that has been transformed to one of human rights. This space connects us to our slave roots and aims to raise awareness of issues of human rights, equality and justice. In addition to the exhibition on the history and legacy of Slavery at the Cape, temporary exhibitions depict the history of the struggle against apartheid. The exhibition: “Mandela, Leader, Comrade Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman”, a richly nuanced celebration of the “Father of the Nation,” concludes its run at the Slave Lodge on 31 March 2011.

The Iziko South African Museum, located at 25 Queen Victoria Street, in Cape Town’s historic Company's Garden, offers all who come to explore its spaces, a better understanding of the constantly evolving universe as well as the biological and cultural diversity of our planet Earth.

The exhibitions, African Dinosaurs, Virtual Earth and Made in Translation are exciting reasons to visit the museum. The Discovery Room will be open on this day, hosting biodiversity, butterfly art and crafts activities for children aged 4 – 8 years old from 10am until 1pm and again from 2pm until 4pm. Workshop enquiries can be directed to Anton van Wyk on 021 481 3800.

After extensive renovations, the Iziko Bertram House Museum, situated at the top of Government Avenue in the centre of Cape Town, reopened its doors to the public in December 2010. This is the only remaining example of the English Georgian-style, red brick houses, once common in Cape Town. An exhibition of the 8th Definitive Series of stamps, as well as the beadwork pieces used in the design of the stamps – all from Iziko’s Collections, are on show in Bertram House.

Imagining Beauty, Roger Ballen and Boarding House as well as Ernest Cole, Photographer, an exhibition by the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden, are some of the exhibitions on show at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

Come and celebrate Human Rights Day at the hearth of our heritage, gain free access to Iziko Museums (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium) and conclude your cultural enrichment experience at the Cape Town Festival concert in the Company’s Garden in front of the Iziko South African Museum from 12:00 till 20:00.

For more information visit www.iziko.org.za or email info@iziko.org.za.

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