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September 07, 2010

Iziko Museums in Cape Town to offer Hertiage Week freebies

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The Iziko South African Museum. Photo courtesy Julian Knutzen

Izikio Museums of Cape Town will be offering fabulous freebies to celebrate Heritage Week later this month! Between September 20 and 26, Iziko will be offering free visits to the following museums: the South African Museum, South African National Gallery, Bo-Kaap Museum, Maritime Centre, Groot Constantia, Michaelis Collection, SAS Somerset, Rust en Vreugd, Koopmans-de Wet House and Bertram House.

Museum tours, exhibitions, musical performances, film screenings and taxidermy workshops will be among the activities on offer.

On Heritage Day (Friday, September 24), Iziko will also offer free entrance to the Iziko Planetarium and the Castle of Good Hope.

“It’s good for people to experience their culture and heritage,” says Sibu Tyhomfa, receptionist at the Iziko South African Museum in Queen Victoria Street. “Free access to the museums promotes the revival of culture and an interest in the history of our people.”

On Saturday, September 25, Iziko Museums be commemorating the 500th anniversary of the fierce Khoi-Almeida confrontation of 1510 with a symposium at the Iziko South African Museum. For more information about this, contact Wandile Goozen Kasibe at +27 (0)21 481 3804/13 or via e-mail at wkasibe@iziko.org.za.

The Iziko South African Museum has much to offer. When last did you measure yourself up against a life-sized model of a whale skeleton, or stare at the teeth of some of the fiercest killing beasts on the planet? If you can’t remember, go and visit the museum!

The planetarium, which is housed in the same building, offers a variety of exciting afternoon shows, covering topics ranging from space and time to dinosaurs. Looking at the stars and marvelling at the wonders of our universe has always offered excitement to young and old alike.

A full Heritage Week programme may be obtained from www.iziko.org.za.

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