Cape Town's Iziko Museums inspire visitors to celebrate South Africa's rich cultural history. The Iziko Planetarium, South African National Gallery, Slave Lodge, Groot Constantia and the Castle of Good Hope, are just a few of the venues worth visiting.

Did you know?

The Castle of good Hope in Cape Town is the oldest building in South Africa.

Cape Town's Iziko Museums are a collection of African museums that aim to and inspire South Africa's people (and her visitors) to celebrate the diverse heritage, history and culture of this unique country.

Iziko Museums Cape Town was created as an umbrella body to better manage and promote urban museums in Cape Town. These include the Bo-Kaap Museum; Groot Constantia Manor House, Koopmans-De Wet House; Maritime Centre; Michaelis Collection at The Old Town House; the Planetarium; Rust en Vreugd; SAS Somerset; Slave Lodge; Social History Centre; South African Museum; South African National Gallery; Bertram House and The William Fehr Collection at The Castle of Good Hope.

Iziko Museums of South Africa also has education and public programmes, offering a learning experience for everyone no matter what their age or level of interest. There are fascinating school programmes that focus on art, social and natural history as well as the planetarium. Public programmes are well attended, and include workshops, lectures, and a winter school.

The Western Cape is steeped in history, and the Iziko Museums offer an accessible way to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the country.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Iziko Museums Cape Town
Tel:+27 (0) 21 481 3800

How to get here

The Iziko Museums are scattered around Cape Town but all are accessible by car and taxi, some by bus and train. Consult the Iziko website for more details on travel.

Best time to visit

The Iziko Museums are open all year round.

Around the area

Day trips around the Peninsula are great as are tours to the various wine estates around Cape Town.

Get around

The Iziko Museums in central Cape Town are accessible by foot once you're in the area.

What will it cost

Admission fees vary but generally they are kept as low as possible. Expect to pay around R30 per adult and R15 for a child.

Length of stay

To visit all of the museums under the Iziko umbrella will take several days. However you will not need more than half a day for each.

Where to stay

There are plenty of hotels, B&B's and guest house in and around Cape Town, close to the museum locations.

What to eat

Try one of the many bistro's, lunch spots and deli's in central Cape Town.

What's happening

Check the listed Cape Town Tourism website for details of events during your stay. Visit the Iziko Museums website for an update on current exhibitions.

Best buys

Visit Greenmarket Square and cruise the rows of stalls where you can choose from a wide range of crafts and collectibles.

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