FREE* entry on Freedom Day at Iziko Museums

  • Posted: Apr 13, 2011


27 April 1994 was the day that the people of South Africa cast their votes in our first democratic elections - a heady day, filled with excitement, nervousness and spiralling queues. Iziko Museums is commemorating Freedom Day by offering free entry for all on 27 April 2011.

Iziko Museums is committed to increasing access to the nations’ heritage and youth aged 18 and under have unlimited free access throughout the year (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

Our museums each have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections, reflective of our diverse African heritage – the different museums and exhibitions offer something for everyone.

The Iziko South African Museum offers visitors a better understanding of the constantly evolving universe, as well as the biological and cultural diversity of our planet. The African Dinosaurs, Kopanang Universe Canticle, Shark World and Virtual Earth (an interactive digital theatre running animations of climate change) exhibitions and Whale Well make the Iziko South African Museum a child-friendly family destination.

The Iziko Slave Lodge Museum is a space that connects us to our slave roots and raises awareness of issues of human rights, equality and justice. Trace your roots, find the name of your slave ancestors on the ‘wall of remembrance’ and see exhibitions depicting the history and legacy of slavery at the Cape as well as the struggle against apartheid. The exhibition, about the father of our nation, “Mandela – Leader, Comrade, Negotiator, Prisoner, Statesman,” is currently on show.

A visit to the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum promises to be a unique and memorable Cape experience. The exhibitions: Who built Cape Town?, Mapping Bo-Kaap: History memories and spaces, Patterns of Beauty and New Year Carnival, Die Alabama showcase artefacts, contemporary and historic photographs and art, reflective of this historically rich and vibrant area.

Philately enthusiasts are invited to view the South African Post Office’s 8th Definitive Series of Stamps on Beadwork at the Iziko Bertram House (located on the Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street).

Art lovers are invited to explore the intriguing photographic and art exhibitions at the Iziko South African National Gallery or view the Michaelis Collection, Cape Town’s famous collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Iziko Old Town House.

Iziko is an isiXhosa word, meaning ‘hearth’, traditionally and symbolically the social centre of the home; a place associated with warmth, kinship and ancestral spirits. Here food is prepared and shared, stories are told and knowledge passed from one generation to the next. Similarly, the museums that make up Iziko are spaces for cultural interaction where knowledge is shared, stories told and experiences enjoyed.

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*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium

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