All Iziko Musuems in Cape Town are celebrating Heritage Week this week starting from 19 September due to Heritage Day falling on 24 September. Festivities include lunchtime film screenings, public talks, outreach activities, a ‘Creepy Crawley Corner’ with live spider displays and demonstrations by the Cape Weavers Guild.
And entrance is FREE to all Iziko Museums excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium, which offer free entry on the 24th only.
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to visit one of the fantastic museums in Cape Town for free this week.
Here is a list of options which will appeal to all ages:
The South African National Museum offers favourites such as the mammals section, the dinosaurs and obviously the whale sound booth. Entry to the museum is usually R20 for adults and kids under 18 are free.
The SA Maritime Museum in the V&A Waterfront. (Entrance is usually R10 for adults and under 18’s are free)
The Bo-Kaap Museum is situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery. The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit to see the colourful houses and steep cobbled streets – a unique Cape experience.
Groot Constantia dates back to 1685, when the land was granted to Simon van der Stel – it is the oldest wine farms in South Africa. Carriages are on display in the Coach House and in the historical wine cellar, while the Wine Museum exhibits wine storage and drinking vessels from antiquity to the early 20th century. The Manor House, with its exhibition of furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, brass, and copperware, provides an insight into the life of a successful 18th to late 19th century Cape farmer.
The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. Exhibitions on the lower level of this museum explore the long history of slavery in South Africa. It is located at the top of Adderley Street. (Adults R20, Students R10)
Budding artists will enjoy The SA National Gallery, South Africa’s premier art museum which houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. The current temporary exhibition by Tretchikoff is on until 25 September.
Remember these museums are only free on certain commemorative public holidays:
The Iziko Planetarium is located within The South African Museum so if you have time take in a show or go on another day. During the school holidays they screen shows for kids. For shows and times visit their website. Tickets cost R25 for adults and R10 for kids.
Castle of Good Hope is located opposite the Parade in the City Centre. (R28 for adults, R12 for students)
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