Museum Night is brought to you by the geniuses behind First Thursdays and the next one is on 25 October 2017. Their goal is to activate the city after dark, and bring people to the city for an evening of browsing museums in a whole new light—after dark.

This October’s edition takes place at the V&A Waterfront. Museums will be open from 5pm to 10pm. Most offer free admission for the night, with a few additional attractions offering half-price entry and other specials. Around the Waterfront you’ll also catch performances by artists, thespians, and musicians. It’s also your chance to take a look around the newly opened Zeitz MOCAA for free!

Visitors don’t require tickets to attend. just show up at the Waterfront, grab a printed programme, and choose your own starting point. You can make your way around the museums and check out the performances at your own pace. Some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants are conveniently located at the Waterfront, so if your feet tire you’re in the perfect place to get dinner or a drink.

Read on to find out some of the highlights you can expect.


The Zeitz MOCAA opening in September was one of the most highly anticipated events on Cape Town’s calendar, and entry is free for Museum Night.

It is the largest art museum in Africa, and the largest museum in the world showcasing the art of Africa and its diaspora. The museum is dedicated to researching, collecting, and exhibiting this art, and houses an impressive collection of work from all over the continent and beyond.

The exhibition space covers 6,000 square meters over nine floors, with 100 gallery spaces.

The Nelson Mandela Gateway

The Nelson Mandela Gateway is a World Heritage Site and museum. It connects the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held during apartheid, and is a moving tribute to the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Entrance is free on Museum Night.

The Amphitheatre

This stage with tiered seating is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy one of many performances taking place throughout the night. It’s located near the hub of restaurants and bars and is free to all.

Robben Island Jetty 1

Robben Island Jetty 1 is where prisoners were loaded onto boats and sent to Robben Island. The museum tells the story of the prisoners and warders who passed through this site. Entry is free on Museum Night.

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium is home to over 3,000 marine creatures, including sharks, turtles, jellyfish, penguins, and many others. It is a wonderland of marine diversity and will delight people of all ages. Admission is half price for Museum Night, and will cost R40 for children) and R85 for adults.

The Cape Wheel

The Cape Wheel is one of the Waterfront’s most iconic features, offering spectacular views over the entire city and harbour. It’s also half price for Museum Night, at R30 for children and R65 for adults.

There are many other participating museums and attractions, including the Iziko Maritime Centre, the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, the Cape Medical Museum, and CIRCA, which is South Africa’s oldest commercial gallery.