Iziko Museums of Cape Town
Iziko is an isiXhosa word meaning “hearth”. A hearth is the traditional centre of the home where families would get together to share their stories, just as Iziko is sharing the story of South Africa with both locals and visitors today.
Iziko Museums of Cape Town is the official name given to the group of national museums located near the city centre, otherwise referred to as the city’s “Museum Mile”. Visit the natural history collections at Iziko South African Museum and Iziko Planetarium, or explore history with a plethora of others.
Cape Town’s premier art gallery, the Iziko South African National Gallery at the Old Town House in Greenmarket Square, houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection regularly change to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture.
The wide range of social history museums in the collection include highlights such as Iziko at the Castle of Good Hope, Iziko Groot Constantia, Iziko Slave Lodge, Iziko Maritime Centre, Iziko Social History Centre, Iziko Rust en Vreugd, Iziko Koopmans-De Wet, Iziko Bertram House and Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum.
- Explore the cultural history of the city with Cape Town’s ‘Museum Mile’
- Iziko South African Museum, Iziko Planetarium, Iziko South African National Gallery, Iziko at the Castle of Good Hope, Iziko Groot Constantia and Iziko Slave Lodge
- Free entry on certain commemorative days