Museums are spaces of exploration and discovery showcasing artefacts, specimens and research undertaken by museum curators. Museum collections are diverse treasure troves filled with history, science and art. A museum visit is not only an opportunity to see the marvels on show, it also provides opportunities to learn.
The Education Department at Iziko Museums of South Africa, runs dynamic school, holiday, public and outreach programmes geared towards creating engaging learning experiences for everyone.
The schools programmes are directly aligned to the national CAPS curriculum and supports the learning outcomes at Foundation, Intermediate, Senior, as well as the Further Education and Training (FET) Phases. Lessons conducted during museum visits build on classroom practice and provide relatable experiences for both learners and educators. School programmes include visual art, natural history, and social history education. Schools programmes provide lessons, resources, special needs activities, educator enrichment workshops and projects aimed at adding value to classroom practice.
Public Programmes endeavour to create safe, neutral spaces to reflect and discuss relevant societal issues. Public programmes, often aligned to national commemorative days, draws upon museum, exhibitions and collections resources to contextualise contemporary topics and actively encourage citizen participation, nation building and social cohesion.
The Iziko Mobile Museum and Outreach Programme extends the museum’s footprint and educational benefits to communities and schools across the province and beyond. The museum on wheels takes the museum experience to people and communities in remote and peri-urban areas, who are unable to physically visit the museums.
The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is a 360-degree immersive full-dome theatre and multi-purpose facility, located at the Iziko South African Museum. The Planetarium boasts a diverse range of school and public shows, unlocking the secrets of maths, science and art, and providing unparalleled edutainment opportunities.