Iziko celebrates Museum Day

Today, Thursday May 18, Iziko Museums of South Africa joins the global museum community to celebrate International Museum Day.

The theme for this year is, “Museums and contested histories, saying the unspeakable in museums”.

Entry is free at most Iziko museums, excluding Groot Constantia Estate.

The Iziko South African Museum will give the public an opportunity to see collections of dinosaur fossils, rock art and live spiders with guided and behind-the-scenes tours.

Visitors can also participate in drumming, watch the cultural performance Walking Tall, avid readers can also enjoy some story reading in the Discovery Room. Visit their popular annual book sale, or take a walk through to view art and sculpture collections at the Iziko South African National Galley.

An exciting and informative public lecture is planned at the Iziko Maritime Centre at the V&A Waterfront, where Iziko’s knowledgeable maritime curator will talk about the first minefields at sea around the Cape.

The Iziko Planetarium will not be open to the public on International Museum Day this year, but visitors can look forward to the re-launch of the revamped Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome later this month.For more information, visit www.iziko.org.za. For the full programme, contact Wandile Goozen Kasibe at 021 481 3804/13 or email wkasibe@iziko.org.za