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June 24, 2013

Feel the warmth at Iziko Museums this winter

Whale display at Iziko South African Museum. Image courtesy of Steve Crane.

Winter in Cape Town can mean cold and wet days. But Iziko Museums is providing lots of comfort to keep families warm this winter.

Budget-friendly family ticket

A day out with your family has never been more affordable. A family ticket at Iziko Museums (two adults and two kids) is discounted by 50% during government school holidays. 

Free entry every Friday

Iziko is making Friday an even happier day. Pensioners and students qualify for free entry at all Iziko museums, except the Castle and Planetarium, every Friday upon presentation of a valid student or pensioner card. 

Free entry days

Iziko extends free entry to all visitors at all sites, except the Castle and Planetarium, on:

  • Youth Day – June 16, 2013
  • National Women’s Day – August 9, 2013

Hot specials to keep out the cold

While at Groot Constantia, Jonkershuis Restaurant is running the following winter special:

  • Two courses for R140 per person, exclusive of gratuity
  • Three courses for R160 per person, exclusive of gratuity

Please note:

  • Available Monday to Saturday
  • Not available on Sundays and public holidays
  • Subject to availability

The Iziko South African Museum Café will be running a winter-warmer special for patrons (subject to availability).

Discover and learn at Iziko South African Museum

Between July 1 and 12, 2013, daily activities are planned at the museum’s Discovery and Activity rooms. Enquire at reception. 

While at the V&A Waterfront

Visit the Iziko Maritime Centre – next to Absa bank at the V&A Waterfront (first floor, Union Castle House, Dock Road).

For ship and maritime enthusiasts, this specialist museum at the bustling V&A Waterfront puts a unique spin on Cape Town’s history, focusing on the city’s relationship with the sea. The museum also houses the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison.

  • Open to the public from 10h00 to 17h00 daily (closed on Workers’ Day and Christmas Day)
  • Entry: R20 for adults; children R10; family ticket R50 (two adults and two kids)

Moms and dads of teens: story corner at the Iziko Maritime Centre

Does your teen have a keen interest in maritime history? If so, then this should be music to their ears.

The Iziko Maritime Centre will host an hour-long story corner where the curator and educators at the museum will share the fascinating story of the RMMV Capetown Castle mailship. 

In case you’ve never heard of her, she arrived in Cape Town on May 13, 1938 carrying mail from Europe. She continued with the mail service until she was requisitioned as a troop ship in 1940, and in 1943 transported American servicemen from the United States to the United Kingdom. Capetown Castle ventured worldwide as a trooper.

Book now to avoid disappointment:

  • Time: 13h00 to 14h00
  • Date: June 28; July 3; July 5; July 10; and July 12
  • Ages: 12 to 16 years (recommended)
  • Cost: children R10; family ticket R50 (two adults and two kids)

Book your seat with Lindi at lmahlasela@iziko.org.za.

Celebrating a special milestone?

Do it in one of Iziko's museums ... special birthdays, weddings, private planetarium screenings, gala functions, cocktail events, etc. Please send Kashiefa Millward an email on venuehire@iziko.org.za to arrange a customised solution. 

Planetarium shows

(Suitable for children)

Davy Dragon’s Guide to the Night Sky

Come and join Davy Dragon while he learns all about the sky above so that he can fulfil his dream of becoming the world’s best flying dragon! This is a playful introduction to astronomy, especially for the under 10s. Just right for inquiring young minds.

  • July 20 to September 15
  • Saturday, Sunday at noon
  • Especially for children aged five to 10

Morris and the MeerKAT

Our little furry hero, Morris Mouse, goes to visit his cousin in the far away Karoo. Once there, he meets a most unusual MeerKAT who tells Morris all about himself and the SKA. What is so special about this MeerKAT and what on earth could the SKA be? Join us and find out!

  • June 22 to July 14
  • Monday to Friday: 11h00, 12h00 and 15h00; Saturday and Sunday: 12h00 and 15h30
  • Especially for children aged five to 12

Note for moms and dads: workshop for the June/July school holidays!

Make your own Star Wheel and learn how to use it to identify stars and constellations.

  • Dates: June 26; July 3; July 10
  • Time: 09h00 to 10h30
  • Age: eight to 12 years
  • Cost: R20 per workshop
  • Please bring your own torch
  • Tickets available at the Iziko South African Museum

The Sky Tonight

(Suitable for adults and teens)

An interesting live lecture on the current night sky is presented every Saturday and Sunday. You will receive a star map and be shown where to find the constellations and planets that are visible that month.

Saturday and Sunday: 13h00

A Basic Guide to Stargazing

This presentation will give you a basic understanding of the night sky and how it changes through the year. We introduce some easily recognisable constellations, explain the nature of stars and the galaxy in which we live, and give basic information in using binoculars and small telescopes.

  • June 22 to September 20
  • Monday to Friday: 14h00 (excl. August 5 and 9, September 2); Tuesday: 20h00 (and sky talk); Saturday and Sunday: 14h30; August 9: 14h30

The Longest Day

Days come and go and we take them for granted, but an outside force is putting a brake on the Earth's spin and the days are getting longer. Life on Earth will have to continue to adapt to the lengthening of the day, until we finally reach ... the longest day.

  • June 24 to July 12
  • Monday to Friday to 13h00

The Difference Loom, curated by Winnie Sze of August Art Gallery, London

August 21 to September 14

An exhibition of contemporary craftwork and visual art by South African and international artists, and a day of cross-arts and cross-disciplinary talks. The aim is to explore beyond the visible form of the material to consider the process that made it. In short, we aim to explore technology not just as a manufacturing process, but the product of a thinking process, and textiles not just as a material, but an embodiment of cultural values.

  • Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery and Annexe, St John’s Road, Gardens
  • Age: Adults
  • Saturday August 24

For more exciting holiday options, have a read through our blog post on things for kids to do in Cape Town these holidays.

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