Take your pick of the coolest museums this summer


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It’s summer in Cape Town and it gets hot, hot, hot! #BeatTheHeat and celebrate summer with Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Celebrate summer with Iziko Museums of South Africa.
Celebrate summer with Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Include a cool museum in your holiday exploration itinerary. Take your pick of one or all of the 11 natural history, art and social history museums in the Iziko portfolio. These museums are bound to offer fascinating and inspiring summer memories.

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To kick off the holidays, Iziko is offering FREE entry on World Emancipation Day, 1 December (excluding Groot Constantia and the Castle of Good Hope). Commemorate this day by planning a visit to the Iziko Slave Lodge. Discover why so many Capetonians have a calendar month as a surname and view the exhibition, “My Naam is Februarie: Identities rooted in Slavery.”

The Iziko South African National Gallery will host a Thursday Late event, on 1 December, to launch the opening of two new exhibitions. “Our Lady” a multi-media exhibition, drawn from the permanent art collections of Iziko Museums of South Africa and the New Church Museum, brings together artworks spanning more than 170 years. “Women’s Work: Crafting stories, subverting narratives,” showcase artworks and objects spanning 300 years of history in conversation with contemporary works of art. The Gallery will be open until 9pm and will include music and live performances.

Iziko has put together a spectacular summer holiday programme of exhibitions and events to suit every age and every taste:

– Learn about the Western Leopard Toad and the conservation efforts of the Zandvlei Nature Reserve, when their staff visits the Iziko South African Museum on 8 and 9 December. Explore exhibitions: Oceans of Life: A photographic retrospective; Crossing the Eco line and family favourite, African Dinosaurs.

– Stimulate the creativity of young minds and Unleash the street artist in you! Street Art enthusiast will have the opportunity to leave their mark on the bricks of the Iziko South African National Gallery through the medium of chalk. Thereafter collaborate on a large-scale canvas with paint. This event takes place on 12 December 2016 at 10:00–13:00, it is free to attend and targeted at children between the ages of 7–15 years. Booking is essential with Yentl Kohler at 021 481 3800 or ykohler@iziko.org.za.

– History meets art at the Iziko Slave Lodge: The Symbology of the Egyptian Calendar Art Workshop takes place on 12 December. Step back in time with a guided tour of the Egyptian room with special reference to symbols, sacred animals, the cosmos, the Rosetta Stone and the afterlife. The tour will end with the opportunity to create your own Egyptian calendar.

– Create an African Vessel on 14 December. This workshop, linked to the exhibition: From African Earth Celebrating our African Vessel Heritage will demonstrate how to use the coil method of creating a pot. Participants will be able to create their own African clay vessels.

– Collage Art making workshop on 19 and 20 December. Using the exhibition Slave Origins: Cultural Echoes as an inspiration, follow a guided mini-tour looking at the objects displayed, including puppets, furniture, weapons and fashion that reveal the richness and diversity of the cultural backgrounds of the slaves transported to the Cape by the VOC (Dutch East India Company) during the 17th and 18th Centuries.

All three workshops take place at the Slave Lodge from 10:00 until 13:30. Booking is essential. Contact Hayley Hayes Roberts and RSVP: hayleyhayes@mweb.co.za or call 021 481 3823/13. Please bring a packed lunch.

Take advantage of our half-price school holiday discount (excluding Groot Constantia and the Castle of Good Hope) for children and accompanying adults. Pensioners and students enter for free on Fridays on presentation of a valid card. Our museums are your museums. #BeatTYheHeat and make cool summer memories at Iziko Museums of South Africa!

To find out more information on Iziko Museums of South Africa and our Educational and Public Programme, visit www.iziko.org.za or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums and Twitter accounts @Iziko Museums for daily updates.


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