Permanent Exhibitions

This exhibition brings into memory the wreck of the Portuguese slave ship, São José that foundered off Cape Town in 1794. It aims to tell the story…
Dr William Fehr (1892 – 1968) was a Cape Town based businessman with a passion for collecting historical art and objects. The collection went on…
The São José represents the first known shipwreck with enslaved Africans on board to be identified, studied and excavated. This exhibition, …
In 2018, the year of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, we are excited to have you join us at Iziko South African Museum for our upgraded Tata Madiba…
Cape Town businessman, William Fehr (1892–1968), first loaned this collection of oil paintings, furniture, ceramics, metal and glassware for public…
The exhibition showcases a selection of Iziko’s rich and diverse ceramic holdings. The focus is on ceramics made in South Africa from earliest times…
The Iziko Slave Lodge has a number of galleries that explore the history of slavery at the Cape. Built in 1679,mthe original building was used to…
The range of objects displayed in this exhibition at the Slave Lodge – including puppets, furniture, weapons and fashion objects – reveals in a…
From African Earth celebrates the artistry, beauty, warmth and texture of vessels made by African ceramicists from various regions of the continent…
Cape Town businessman, William Fehr (1892–1968), first loaned this collection of oil paintings, furniture, ceramics, metal and glassware for public…
The William Fehr Collection of artworks on paper is a remarkable resource containing a wealth of visual information on the shaping of the colonial…
A fresh and full installation of the Iziko Michaelis Collection, Cape Town's famous collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, is now on…
This exhibition is a reconfiguration of the Iziko Michaelis Collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings. The Old Town House has been re-hung to…
During the First World War, the cargo vessel Mendi was converted to a troopship. In 1917 she carried a group of the South African Native Labour…
The Iziko Maritime Centre provides an overview of shipping in Cape Town. Images depicting Table Bay from the 17th to 20th century give an idea of the…
This house museum was originally built as the home for a well-to do Cape family during the late 18th century. It houses some of the best pieces of…
World of Water Depicting life in our oceans. The Sunlit Sea exhibit shows a kelp forest habitat and animals of the Open Ocean including a 4.9 m…
Noteworthy events during the lifetime of this tree, planted about 1850 in the Public Gardens. Tree struck by lightning, felled and removed 1939.…
Introduction The giant squid, one of the last great mysteries of the sea, has not yet been seen alive. A creature of myth and wonder, an early…
Evidence of life in the Karoo from 300 million years ago; dioramas of ancient Karoo reptiles; fossil mammals of the Cape four million years ago.
This exhibition has been 250 million years in the making. It features the fossilised skeletons of long-extinct reptiles that ruled the land areas of…
A display depicting a cosmic zoom to view the universe on an ever increasing scale, reaching back to almost the very beginning of our universe.
A unique collection of whale casts and skeletons, to be seen from all floors; includes a 20.5 metre blue whale skeleton.
The exhibition comprises a selection of 20 objects highlighting the beauty and diversity of natural forms across space and time. Amongst others,…
African Dinosaurs tells the story of dinosaurs from an African perspective. Realistic dioramas of ancient Karoo landscapes with fleshed-up…
2009 saw the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of …
Virtual Earth takes the form of a Gaiasphere, an interactive digital theatre housed in a large (3.2 m diameter) back-projected hemisphere with which…
In the Community Hall This exhibition shows the findings of a mapping survey project undertaken a few years ago. Residents were asked why they…
In this exhibition, co-curated by Mahmudah Begum Jaffer, selected artifacts from the Social History Collections of Iziko Museums form part of the…
New Year Carnival and the Alibama is a new exhibition introducing the history of Cape Town’s New Year carnival. In particular, the stories behind the…