Current shows


For the October school holidays

Sunshine Simon and the dark day

One day Mister Sun didn’t come up. So Sunshine Simon, a brave little sheep, and his friend Robert were sent on a quest to fetch Mister Sun. Did they succeed? Join them on their adventure and find out.

4 October – 12 October
Monday to Friday – 11:00, 12:00 & 15:00
Saturday – 12:00 & 15:30
Sunday – 12:00 & 15:30


Especially for children aged 5 and older

Davy Dragon’s Guide to the Night Sky

Come and join Davy Dragon while he learns all about the sky above so that he can fulfil his dream of becoming the world’s best flying dragon! This is a playful introduction to astronomy especially for the under 10s. Just right for inquiring young minds.

18 October – 7 December
Saturday - 12:00
Sunday - 12:00

Especially for children aged 5 – 10

The Sky Tonight

An interesting live lecture on the current night sky is presented every Saturday and Sunday. You will receive a star map and be shown where to find the constellations and planets that are visible this month.

Saturday - 13:00
Sunday - 13:00

Suitable for teenagers & adults

A Basic Guide to Stargazing

This presentation will give you a basic understanding of the night sky and how it changes through the year. We introduce some easily recognisable constellations, explain the nature of stars and the galaxy in which we live and give basic information in using binoculars and small telescopes.

Until 7 December
Monday to Friday – 14:00(excluding 3 November, 1-5 December)
Tuesday evening - 20:00 (& sky talk) (excluding 2 December)
Saturday - 14:30
Sunday - 14:30

Suitable for teenagers & adults

Astronomy of the Great Pyramid

The pyramids of ancient Egypt were literally “stargates” - from where the spirits of dead pharaohs were believed to ascend to the stars. The largest of all pyramids - the Great Pyramid of Khufu - contains an elaborate system of shafts. At the time the pyramid was built, these were directed towards the most important stars in the sky. The planetarium, since it can be set back to ancient times, is the ideal device for demonstrating these alignments - and for exploring various speculations.

6 October – 10 October
Monday to Friday – 13:00

Suitable for teenagers & adults


An astronomy course of 4 sessions

SESSION 1:  Introduction to the celestial sphere. A start at identifying constellations: Constellation co-ordinates.
SESSION 2:  The turning of the celestial sphere. Variations with latitude. More constellations.
SESSION 3:  The annual motion of the Sun. Constellations of the Zodiac. Rising and setting of the Sun. Earth's wobble.
SESSION 4:  The movement of the moon and planets. The visible sky. The dark side of the universe. Black holes.

Course: 1, 8, 15 & 22 October      
Time: 19:30 (until approx. 21:30)
Price: R300 (includes lecture notes, tea and certificate of attendance)   
Tickets are available from 1 August at the Iziko S A Museum’s main entrance (open daily 10:00-17:00).
Please note - numbers are limited, so to avoid disappointment, don’t delay.

Please note that the Planetarium is closed for maintenance on the first Monday for the month (excluding school holidays).