Iziko visitors speak out

  • Posted: Jun 14, 2013

Visitors to Iziko Museums of South Africa always express themselves, either through the visitor comments books or via our social media platforms. Here are what some visitors had to say about their experiences at our museums.

  • Lara Jane Livesey posted the following on the Iziko Facebook page: “When I was at high school, the museum ran a competition asking learners to submit an essay on the reason they wished to join your team on an excavation trip. It was amazing to say the least! I still have photographs of that wonderful week-long trip and learnt so many things about the process of excavation! That was just the tip of the iceberg of what geologists and archaeologists do daily! We went up to Saldanha and scratched through the rubble to find precious little shells perfectly intact (even though the site had been bulldozed), so there were some really great discoveries made. We cleaned them gently and marked them before popping them into plastic bags which went back to the museum for display. Does anyone else remember that trip? It was in 1997 (or thereabout) if memory serves correctly! I hope that you still have those trips – it was a brilliant and informative camp!”
  • “My son only wanted to come here for his birthday,” wrote a proud mother from Sunningdale, Cape Town at the Iziko South African Museum. 
  • Recently, we were moved when we read the following entry from a visitor from Grassy Park in Cape Town. “The Wildlife Photographer of the Yearexhibition is really fantastic. I come regularly every year. I raised my daughter with an appreciation for nature and the environment. She is today studying at UCT and still comes to view the exhibition every year.”
  • “Interesting. I’d love to live here.” – UK visitor to the Manor House in Groot Constantia. If living in a museum were allowed, many South Africans would beat this visitor to it.
  • If this does not give you goose bumps, nothing will! “I am fascinated! As an American and a black woman I appreciate the cultural relevance of the Iziko Slave Lodge. The Museum has been extremely informative and moving. It is the best history museum on slavery I have been to anywhere in the world. Thank you so much. New York City, USA.”

This is what two visitors to the Oliver Reginald Tambo: The modest revolutionary exhibition at the Iziko Slave Lodge said:

  • “Impressive story of an impressive man. Let it be a lesson for us all,”wrote a Dutch visitor.
  • “Reflections on a long and difficult journey to freedom. ‘Man was born free and everywhere he is in chains’”This visitor gave us much food for thought. 

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