Youth Day

  • Posted: Jun 12, 2012

*FREE entry at Iziko Museums on Youth Day!


Art for all, a trip to the mall and *free entry at Iziko Museums (excluding 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. Ignite the connections between our collections and explore Iziko Museums for free!

Learn how to apply art to basic everyday items as outlets for natural expression and create a DIY fanzine/booklet at our Free 3 hour art workshop with Atang Tshikare at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, St John’s Street, Cape Town. Contact Pamela Court on tel: 021 481 3804/13 or via email: for bookings and enquiries. Booking Essential.

For an edu-taining family outing, visit the African Dinosaurs, Shark World and Virtual Earth (an interactive digital theatre running animations of climate change) exhibitions at the Iziko South African Museum.  Connect to our slave roots at the Iziko Slave Lodge Museum or see Iqholo le Africa – a spectacular exhibition of African traditional wear and gala dress, by Barbara Tyrrell at the Iziko South African National Gallery.

Make Youth Day memorable with a visit to the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum to view artefacts, contemporary and historic photographs and art, reflective of this historically rich and vibrant area. Pop into the Old Town House on Greenmarket Square to view the Iziko Michaelis Collection, Cape Town’s famous collection of paintings by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish masters. Alternatively, join the Iziko Mobile Museum at Cape Gate Mall from 09:00 until 17:00 and tell us about the challenges you think face our learners today - you just might win a hamper full of Iziko goodies!

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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Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Social History Centre, under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excludes Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS – *FREE ENTRANCE (Excluding Iziko Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope

  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 18 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 19 – 25 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December

Issued by: Melody Kleinsmith
Communications Coordinator: Institutional Advancement, Iziko Museums
On behalf of:   Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of Cape Town 

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