Celebrate Women’s Day at Iziko Museums

Explore a variety of women-inspired narratives at Iziko Museums of South Africa during women’s month. “On Women’s Day we pay tribute, not only to the 20,000 women that marched defiantly in 1956 to the Union Building against the pass law, but to the women who continue to make sacrifices and work tirelessly to empower others and achieve equality between men and women in South Africa.

“During Women’s Month, we meditate on the stories of the resourceful women relayed through our exhibitions and and invite the public to explore these narratives at Iziko Museums,” says Rooksana Omar, chief executive officer of Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Showing at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG), is Brushing up on Stern which explores the extraordinary rise in popularity of the internationally acclaimed South African painter, Irma Stern. Nearly 50 years after Stern’s death in 1966, this exhibition marks the first dedicated showing of of her work.

You also have a last chance to see William Kentridge’s five-channel video installation, ‘The Refusal of Time’, and the exhibition, ‘Between Darkness and Light’ by Jodi Bieber, which is set to open at the end of August.

At the Iziko South African Museum you can discover an array of natural history displays and exhibits.

Discover how important honeybees are to our survival at The Buzz about Honeybees and Pollination. This fascinating exhibition details the pollination role that bees play in our environment, and explains what you can do to help protect them.

After exploring the African Dinosaurs, Rock Art Gallery and Marine Biology exhibits, grab a bite to eat at the Iziko Café, situated just inside the museum entrance.

And then explore Africa in all its glory at the Nature’s Best Photography Africa exhibition, which features breathtaking images of African landscapes, culture and wildlife.

At the Iziko Slave Lodge, ‘Singing Freedom: Music and the Struggle against Apartheid’ showcases the songs and stories of renowned artists like Miriam Makeba and Mabel Mafuya, who played an intrinsic role in the struggle for democracy.

Continuing to champion the role of women as activist artists, Red in the Rainbow tells the true-life story of renowned South African author, Lynn Carneson, the daughter of Fred and Sarah Carneson, who were key anti-apartheid activists.

The exhibition, comprising of photographs, official documents and letters, provides a candid narrative about the impact of this political affiliation on Lynn’s life.

For the fashionistas, ‘The Story of isiShweshwe: Material Women?’ traces the origins of isishweshwe from its roots as a trade item in Asia and Europe, to its establishment as a much-loved material icon in southern Africa.

Please note: Iziko Koopmans-de Wet House, Iziko Bertram House, Iziko Old Town House, Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum and Iziko Slave Lodge are closed on Sundays.


Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection specific libraries in Cape Town.

The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.

Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.

The organisation allows free access to all individuals on commemorative days, excluding to the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium.

Visit http://www.iziko.org.za, like the Facebook page: IzikoMuseums or follow Iziko on Twitter @Iziko_Museums for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.


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