International Museum Day 2017 at Iziko Museums

International Museum Day 2017 at Iziko Museums

Iziko Museums of South Africa joins the global museum community to celebrate International Museum Day on 18 May 2017.

The theme for this year is “Museums and contested histories, saying the unspeakable in museums.” Entrance is free at most of our museums (excluding Groot Constantia Estate).

Iziko Museums of South Africa promises to be a hive of activity and will provide the public with insight into our social history, natural history and art collections.

This year’s programme kicks off on 12 and 13 May from 10h00 when participants and supporters of the Slave Route Challenge are invited to visit the Iziko Mobile Museum at the Castle of Good Hope. Slavery in the Cape dates back to 1653, when the first slave arrived in the Cape. In total, approximately 60 000 slaves were imported into the Cape until slavery was abolished in the mid-1800s. The stories of these people are often left untold, and heritage sites such as the Iziko Slave Lodge preserve the stories of many slaves.

The Iziko South African Museum will give the public an opportunity to see collections of dinosaur fossils, rock art and live spiders with guided and behind-the-scenes tours. Visitors can also participate in drumming, watch the cultural performance Walking Tall, avid readers can also enjoy some story reading in the Discovery Room.

Visit the popular annual book sale, or take a walk through to view art and sculpture collections at the Iziko South African National Galley.

An exciting informative public lecture is planned at the Iziko Maritime Centre at the V&A Waterfront, where Iziko’s knowledgeable maritime curator will present a talk about the first minefields at sea around the Cape to shipping and military enthusiasts of all ages, and interested members of the public.

The Iziko Planetarium will not be open to the public on International Museum Day this year, but visitors can look forward to the re-launch set to open later this month.

Entrance to all Iziko museums is free on International Museum Day, 18 May.

For more information please visit For full programme information please contact Wandile Goozen Kasibe on 021 481 3804/13

About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection specific libraries in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia Estate and Planetarium).

More about Iziko Museum here.