Iziko South African Museum
The Iziko South African Museum, founded in 1825 and situated in the Company’s Garden, takes care of more than 1.5-million items of cultural and scientific significance.
The collection ranges from fossils and Stone Age tools to clothing and artefacts both old and modern – together representing natural and cultural history. The African dinosaur display is a highlight, as is the rock art display. Children will also marvel at the many stuffed animals, including a spiney anteater, an okapi, and a stoat, among many others. There are also temporary exhibitions. Some of the diverse subjects that have been covered in the past are minerals, newspaper history, desert culture and bats.
One of the most impressive features of the museum is the Whale Well. Here, among the giant whale bones and life-size casts of marine creatures, musical recitals are often held.
For only R20 for visitors older than 18 and R10 for pensioners and students, it is well worth the experience. Entry is free for under-18s and on selected commemorative days.
Plenty of parking is available, including for disabled people, and there are shops, a café and conference facilities.
Visit the Iziko Museums website, www.iziko.org.za, for more information.
Did you know?
The Iziko South African Museum, founded in 1825 and situated in the Company Gardens, takes care of more than 1.5-million items of cultural and scientific significance.
- Phone: +27 (0)21 481 3800
- Website: http://www.iziko.org.za
- Physical Address: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY
This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline. Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years. The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.
This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.
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