Museum Night: Explore Cape Town's Iziko museums for FREE

2017-04-19 11:31 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - If you're a museum-lover that's a little short on cash... we've got just the thing for you. 

Museum Night founding partner, Iziko Museums of South Africa, in collaboration with Thursdays Projects, will grant free admission to three Iziko museums on Museum Night 2017, 20 April, from 17:00 to 22:00 to offer insight into the Mother City's most iconic museums in a new light, after dark..,

Museum Night has been an annual installment in Cape Town, but this year, visitors can look forward to a bigger and better event incorporating a number of  museums, including the Iziko South African Museum, and Iziko South African National Gallery, Iziko Slave Lodge, the South African Jewish Museum, District Six Museum, Cape Town Holocaust Centre, and the New Church Museum.

Museum Night is an initiative that aims to make the city’s cultural institutions more accessible, while developing local audiences for museums, and fostering higher engagement with art and culture. It is also a lively public experience that injects life into the city’s public spaces after hours. It is an incredibly unique opportunity to engage with local culture.

Members of the public are invited to explore a walkable programme of participating museums until late at night, for free. Alongside the core programme of museums, visitors will also be able to enjoy a curated programme of performances, music and food trucks.

Why go? 

Why not!? You'll get to explore natural history and the wonders of the universe at the Iziko South African Museum, marvel at the majesty of marine life or travel back millions of years to the time of the African Dinosaurs and walk among the giants that once ruled the Earth.


The Iziko Slave Lodge will also be open after dark where visitors will be able to explore our shared history of slavery in South Africa. The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. Today, the site is dedicated to promoting awareness of human rights, transforming from a site of human wrongs to one of human rights. 

At the Iziko South African National Gallery, visitors can reflect on contemporary times where The Art of Disruptions showcases works by artists who employ different strategies to actively ‘break apart’, challenge and complicate the traditional boundaries and hierarchies of culture and society, as represented by those in power.

These artworks engage with a range of topical issues, such as racism, inequality, and environmental denigration.

Patrons can discover Women’s Work exhibition that showcases the innovation demonstrated by a diverse group of contemporary South African artists and artisans, who utilise and transform techniques such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting and beadwork to create works that blur the boundaries between art and craft.

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What to know 

All museums will have print maps and programmes available to help attendees navigate the city and explore other museums that interest them.

No tickets are required, but high attendance numbers are anticipated and the organisers have advised that attendees should expect queues at some museums.

Museum Night is an initiative of Thursdays Projects, the team behind Cape Town’s popular First Thursdays, with Iziko Museums of South Africa as a founding partner.

NOTE: Museum Night has also expanded beyond the central city to include an edition at the V&A Waterfront, the next edition of which is to take place on 28 June 2017. 

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