Iziko Celebrates Human Rights
Human Rights Day, on 21 March is one of the commemorative days celebrated by Iziko Museums of South Africa, offering *free entry to all our museums on the day, and providing our visitors with an entertaining and educational programme of events.
In the South African context, Human Rights Day is a day of reflection of not only the country’s recent apartheid past, but what having human rights means in the current social context of student protests over free education, freedom of speech and the right to voice our convictions publicly.
It is also a time to remember the history that preceded apartheid – that began with the oppresion of the natives of this land and their systematic decimation, the injustices of slavery and human trafficking. As museums, we are compelled to share these often painful but healing histories through our collections, temporary exhibitions, museum spaces and education programmes. We would therefore like to invite you to take time on Human Rights Day to visit our museums, and to spend time not only on reflecting on the past, but in appreciating how far we have come as a diverse yet largely unified nation.
So whether you choose to take a walk back in time at one of our furnished house museums, or to look at the evolution of humankind from a natural history point of view; whether your interest lies in the representation of artistic expression, or if you prefer to explore the realm of our struggle or slave past, you are sure to find a museum that prickles your interest at Iziko! We look forward to welcoming you to the hearth of our heritage this Human Rights Day.
(*excludes the Iziko Planetarium and the Castle of Good Hope)