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Celebrate Summer “Dive into our Heritage” at Iziko Museums


It’s holiday! Time for fun and entertainment in the sun! Budgets are tight and many families are looking for cost effective ways to keep their children entertained and occupied. Celebrate summer with the Iziko Museums of Cape Town. Come and see – this is the place to be! En dis nogal for free! 

It’s that time of the year again, when Iziko Museums launches its annual Celebrate Summer “Dive into our Heritage” campaign, offering a ‘cool’ alternative to the summer heat, at our 12 national museums. This initiative aims to facilitate cultural engagement and to provide a platform for some of our nation’s most relevant issues. There are many new exhibitions of offer as well as workshops to keep the children occupied, Planetarium shows and in February, our annual Summer School.

Coupons will be made available in select publications, entitling free entry to our museums (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Iziko Planetarium). Each coupon welcomes two adults for free, while children 16 years and under enter for free throughout the year – making this summer season the ideal opportunity for you and your family to truly dive into our heritage!

 Must-see exhibitions on display at the Iziko South African Museum include African Dinosaurs, showcasing dinosaurs and their reptilian relatives that lived in Africa millions of years ago. The very popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 exhibition, brought to South Africa by NHU Africa, showcases the very best photography featuring natural subjects. Virtual Earth opens at the Iziko South African Museum in mid-December, and takes the form of a Gaiasphere, an interactive digital theatre housed in a 3.2m diameter back-projected hemisphere, where animations of changes happening on the earth’s surface can be shown. This a first for Iziko and the continent!

While the Iziko Social History department’s most recent exhibition, entitled Made in Translation – Images from and of the Landscape, showcases a diverse range of rock art translations, including the works of copyists from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries.  The exhibition includes an 11m-long painting that has been painstakingly restored by Iziko curatorial staff.

 The Iziko SA National Gallery celebrates summer with five brand new exhibitions. These include Borders – an exhibition from the Bamako Encounters 8th African Photographic Biennale; A Vigil of Departure, a retrospective of Louis Maqhubela; Roger Ballen and Boarding House; Imagining Beauty – Body Adornment including Young SA Designers and In Context, an exhibition of international and South African contemporary artists.


Currently on display at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Mapping Bo-Kaap: History, Memories and Spaces, inspired by a mapping survey project conducted by vidamemoria heritage consultants, set out to establish a sense, from the residents themselves, of the nature and location of important sites in the area. New Year Carnival and the Alibama exhibition, also on display here, signifies the neighbourhood’s important role in terms of the history and geography of the carnival. Cape Town carnival is an urban phenomenon with marching routes which historically linked the two largest inner-city residential areas; namely the Bo-Kaap and District Six.


Still on at the Castle of Good Hope (not included in the free access campaign) is the groundbreaking exhibition of the Kaapse Klopse, Ghoema and Glitter.   This multimedia exhibition is hosted in the Good Hope Gallery and showcases the history, traditions and artifacts of the Cape Town new year tradition of carnival.


The recently re-opened Iziko Bertram House hosts an exhibition of the newly launched South African Post Office’s 8th Definitive Series of stamps on beadwork.


At the Old Town House, Iziko Michaelis Collection, Home and Away: A Return to the South examines the similarities and differences between works produced by SA artists from beyond our shores who created works in support of the struggle.


Iziko’s Education and Public Programmes department will host edutainment for children, leading up to the festive season, including decoupage, beading and mosaic workshops, as well as a Gr. 12 Create exhibition, on display between January and February 2011, at the Iziko SA National Gallery. For more information, please contact Lungi Mvimbi on 021 481 3823 or e-mail 


ziko Planetarium (not included in the free access campaign) hosts their festive programme of shows which highlights the adventures in outer space of Silly Solly, Davy Dragon and Dino the Dinosaur.  For more serious astronomy fans there is The Sky Tonight and Table Mountain.


Celebrate Summer concludes in February 2011, with Iziko’s Education and Public Programmes’ annual Summer School. This year’s theme – Be Inspired, Connected and Engaged – will drive the second conference of Our Nation in Conversation, an excursion to Sutherland, and a workshop on the Ghoema and Glitter exhibition, at the Iziko Castle of Good Hope; to name a few of the extensively featured programmes on offer.


Individuals, organisations and interest groups are invited to participate in any of the exciting events featured in the Summer School programme.  Contact Wandile Goozen Kasibe on 021 481 3804/13 or email: for more information.


Be sure to check your local publications for your family’s free entry coupon to come and celebrate at Iziko Museums – the hearth of our heritage.



Bertram House is closed for major repairs until further notice.

Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 424 9381



The museum, located in a home dating from the 1760s, offers an insight into the cultural life of a significant portion of the community of the Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town...

71 Wale Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 481 3939

Open: Monday to Saturday 10h00–17h00

Closed: Sundays, Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Adha,Workers Day, Christmas Day,1 & 2 January

Visitors 16 years and older: R10

Under 16 years free

South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5



This exhibition covers various aspects of the estate, past and present. Panels with aerial views of the farm explain the Constantia Valley and layout of the farm. This is enhanced with a scale model of the Groot Constantia estate.
There are panel displays of the Khoe-San people, the first inhabitants of the Cape, and a fascinating and informative timeline inter-relating information on Groot Constantia with South Africa. There are also panels on the botany of Constantia Valley and the famous oak trees on the farm. The importance of wine farming in the early Cape economy and the role of Groot Constantia as the earliest wine farm in South Africa is traced...
Groot Constantia Estate

Tel: 021 795 5140

Open: Daily 10h00–17h00

Closed: Workers Day, Christmas Day

Visitors 16 years and older: R15

Under 16 years free

South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5



The Marsh collection consists of various collections including over 19000 photographs, depicting 9200 ships dating from the late 1920 to the early 1960’s. Iziko Maritime Centre at the popular V& A Waterfront features new displays with fascinating images that capture our maritime history...

1st Floor, Union-Castle House, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

Tel: 021 405 2880

Open: Daily 10h00 to 17h00

Closed: Workers Day, Christmas Day

No entrance fee, donations only



Although Koopmans-De Wet House is named after a person who lived in Victorian times (Marie Koopmans-De Wet), the house itself is a superb and well-preserved example of late 18th century Cape architecture. Rooms are furnished with 18th and early 19th century furniture, ceramics, silver, glass and more – amongst the best in Iziko’s holdings – depicting a now long-forgotten way of life at the Cape. Strategically placed and sensitively written texts enliven the late 18th century aspects of the house. Further information is contained in the Iziko booklet, The Story of a Strand Street Home which is available at the Museum.

35 Strand Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 481 3935

Open: Tuesday to Thursday 10h00–17h00

Closed: Friday to Monday & public holidays

Visitors 16 years and older: R10

Under 16 years free

South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5



Old Town House, Greenmarket Square

Tel: 021 481 3933

Open: Monday to Friday 10h00–17h00

Saturday 10h00–16h00

Closed: Sundays, Workers Day & Christmas Day

Donations only



Built in 1778 as a townhouse for the VOC fiscal, this museum is generally accepted to be the finest surviving example of eighteenth-century urban architecture in the country. The delicately carved Rococo-styled fanlight above the main door is ascribed to the German-born sculptor, Anton Anreith. Complementing this graceful home is the period-style garden, landscaped to resemble its original 1786 design. Declared a heritage site in 1940, historic Iziko Rust en Vreugd, on the edge of Cape Town’s central business district, is home to the William Fehr Collection. This collection of sixteenth- to nineteenthcentury pictorial Africana, which comprises superb watercolours, etchings and lithographs, reflects the history of the Cape and the southern African hinterland.

78 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 464 3280

Open: Tuesday to Thursday 10h00–17h00

Closed: Monday, Friday & public holidays

Donations only



...The range of objects displayed in this exhibition at the Slave Lodge – including puppets, furniture, weapons and fashion objects – reveals in a general sense the rich diversity of cultural backgrounds of the slaves transported to the Cape during the 17th and 18th centuries. These objects are not from the period of colonial slavery, but reflect how customs and traditions are passed down from one generation to the next and adapted for different conditions...

c/o Adderley & Wale Streets, Cape Town

Tel: 021 460 8242 or 021 460 8200

Open: Monday to Saturday 10h00–17h00

Closed: Sundays, Workers Day & Christmas Day

Visitors 16 years and older: R15

Under 16 years free

South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5



25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 481 3800

Open: Daily 10h00–17h00

Closed: Workers Day, Christmas Day

Visitors 16 years and older: R15

Under 16 years free

South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5



25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 481 3900

Open: Shows daily

Closed: Workers Day, Christmas Day and the first Monday of the month (excluding school holidays)

Adults: R20 Children: R6

Adult chaperones at children’s shows: R10

South African pensioners and students: R8



South Africa's premier art museum houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. They provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. This program is complemented by a range of temporary visiting exhibitions.

Government Avenue, Cape Town

Tel: 021 467 4660

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10h00–17h00

Closed: Mondays, Workers Day and Christmas Day

Visitors 16 years and older: R15

Under 16 years free

South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5



Five million years ago the Cape west coast was very different from what it is today with a wide range of now extinct animals living in riverine forests, wooded savanna, the adjacent sea and on offshore islands. Phosphate mining operations at Langebaanweg uncovered one of the richest fossil sites in the world. Over the past 40 years bones of 200 different kinds of animals, many of them new to science have been recovered. A few years after mining operations ceased in 1993, a 14 ha fossil-rich area within the mine property was declared a National Heritage Site...

Langebaanweg Road, West Coast

Tel: 022 766 1606/7

Open: Daily 10h00–16h00

Adults: R25 Children: R12

Family tickets: R60 (2 adults & 2 children)

South African pensioners and students: R18



The William Fehr Collection is exhibited at the Castle of Good Hope and Rust en Vreugd, both historic buildings. The Castle, Cape Town’s oldest building, houses the component of oil paintings, furniture and decorative arts. Rust en Vreugd, a very fine example of colonial eighteenth century urban architecture, houses the art on paper – prints, drawings and watercolours. The artefacts including the art works date from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, the period of Dutch colonial settlement and, after 1795, the era of British occupation. The art works in particular constitute a uniquely rich and important resource for many aspects of the history of the period...

Castle of Good Hope, Darling Street, Cape Town

Tel: 021 464 1264

Open: Daily 09h30–16h00

Closed: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Adults: R20 (Sundays R10)

Pensioners with SA pensioner cards: R15

Students with SA student cards: R10

Children (5-16 yrs): R10 (Sundays R5)

Booked School Groups: R5 per learner

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