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Beyond the artifact: Iziko Museums of South Africa. Iziko is an isiXhosa word meaning hearth …. a place where we all can gather share and learn. Art · Social History · & Natural History collections. 12 museums across the city of Cape Town.

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Beyond the artifact:

Iziko Museums of South Africa


Iziko is an isiXhosa word meaning hearth

…. a place where we all can gather share and learn.

Art · Social History · & Natural History collections

12 museums across the city of cape town
12 museums across the city of Cape Town

Entrance to Iziko Museums is FREE for children 18 and under

and also to members of the public on selected commemorative days.


Iziko South African National Gallery

Company Gardens

  • Home to Jane Alexander’s Butcher Boys
  • Exhibits a combination of artworks from the Permanent collection as well as visiting temporary exhibitions including fashion, photographic and
  • mutli- media installations

William Fehr Collection at the Castle

Castle of Good Hope

  • A collection of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape.
  • Would suit visitors with a particular interest in colonial art and antique furniture.

Iziko South African Museum

Company Gardens

A natural history museum with an enthralling ethnography department exhibiting elements of the history of indigenous African peoples

Highlights include an interactive Discovery Room for children & teens, several specimens of extinct species and our state-of-the-art Giasphere.



Company Gardens

  • The Sky Tonight Saturdays and Sundays
  • Audiences learn about the constellations and planets over the city at that
  • time of year.
  • Various rotating educational shows for both young and old audiences.

Bertram House

Company Gardens

  • Last remaining example of Georgian architecture in the Cape
  • Houses English furniture, porcelain, silver and other household
  • effects from the period
  • Two upstairs rooms house changing exhibitions

Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House

Greenmarket Square

Most important collection of Dutch and Flemish masters paintings in the southern hemisphere

Works include those by Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Jocob van Ruisdeal


Bo Kaap Museum

Rose Street, Bo Kaap

  • In close proximity to SA’s oldest mosque, Auwal Mosque and the oldest Muslim graveyard, the TanaBaru
  • Permanent exhibits include Who built Cape Town, New Year Carnival and the Alibama, Pattern of Beauty
  • Also houses the Bo Kaap Community Hall

Groot Constantia Manor House

Groote Constantia Estate

  • South Africa’s oldest wine estate
  • Manor House is a prime example of Cape Dutch architecture and site includes a Wine Museum in the historic Cloete Cellar
  • Visitors can enjoy wine tasting, visit to the museum and lunch at an adjacent restaurant

Koopmans De West House

Strand Street

  • South Africa’s oldest house museum
  • Houses a rare and priceless collection of ceramics and silverware as well as exquisite examples of Cape Dutch furniture
  • Of particular interest to antiques collectors and woodcrafters

Maritime Center

V&A Waterfront

  • A must for maritime enthusiasts
  • Documents Cape Town’s shipping history from the 17th to 20th century through ship models, documents and an archive of over 20 000 photographs
  • Houses the John H.Marsh Maritime Research Center

Rust en Vreugd

Buitenkant Street

  • The finest surviving example of an 18th century Cape Town house nestled in a charming period garden
  • Houses the William Fehr Collection of watercolours, prints and drawings

Social History Center

Church Square

  • State-of-the-art museum storage facility
  • Extensive library for researchers and members of the public
  • Behind-the-scenes repository for social history collections that cannot be displayed in it’s entirety

Slave Lodge

Buitenkant Street

  • Emotive multi-media exhibits interpret the living conditions endured by slaves at the Cape
  • Temporary exhibitions highlight the conquering of human rights over human wrongs and upper galleries house silverware, ceramics and Egyptology collections
museum meander
Museum Meander
  • Includes:
  • St. George’s Cathedral
  • SA Jewish Museum
  • Tynhuis & Parliament Buildings
  • SA National Library
  • Centre of the Book
  • Government Avenue
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Whale Well at the Iziko South African Museum · Atrium at the Iziko South African National Gallery · Various venues at the Iziko Slave Lodge · Bo-Kaap Museum’s Community Hall · Manor House at Groot Constantia · Garden at Rust en Vreugd · 100-seater banqueting table in the Lady Anne Barnard Room at the Castle of Good Hope


Ignite the connection between

our collections!

Art · Social · Natural