The Iziko South African Museum is a South African national museum located in Cape Town. The museum was founded in 1825, the first in the country. It has been on its present site in the Company's Garden since 1897. The museum houses important African zoology, palaeontology and archaeology collections.
Iziko is a Xhosa word meaning "hearth".
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Andrew Turpin | Jan 30, 2018
If your in Cape Town for a few days the museum is worth a visit. A highlight is the floating full whale. Re-constructed of its real bones. The dinosaur displays are slighty underwhelming as most of them are just moulds. The section on Nelson Mandela is really informative and the video is a great watch. The museum itself is quite dated. Definitely needs a renovation. The display of minerals is just fantastic and the planetarium is a must. Book one of the shows!
Mahier Dawood | Jan 18, 2018
Latest visit on 13/01/2018. Aircon/ventilation system seemed to be severely underpowered or not working, very hot inside. Lots of interesting displays but I think it required a bit of new spark. It seems as though some upgrades are taking place with some sections being closed. My memories from previous visits is that there was more to see. Still very good.
Nadia Aniff | Jan 31, 2018
An underrated experience. The work here is certainly more tasteful and of a wide variety and backgrounds. I loved how quiet it was, gave us the opportunity to really absorb the experience.
Prasanna Deshmukh | Dec 28, 2017
One of the best planetarium I have ever seen. Very friendly staff and wonderful shows. They even allow people to take pictures and videos during show. Variety of shows throughout the day.
Ilana Steyn | Dec 28, 2017
The planetarium was really great to see. Interactive and you could take photos during the show. Guide was infomative and made it fun with his way of presenting it. 4****. General museum not as good as i remember it as a kid😞
Maria Kostelac | Apr 7, 2018
A remarkable day out and especially enthralling for kids: dinosaur 🦖 🦕 models, skeletons; suspended whale 🐋skeletons; mineral exhibit; avian 🦅arena; ocean 🌊phenomena and the 🌍💫☀️ cosmos to contemplate.... The planetarium is a marvel on its own. The entry-price is right and the exhibits are wonderfully curated. The coffee shop is quaint and well stocked. Winding up the morning in The Company Gardens is a great photo-op and novel place to pause for lunch (keep spare fare for the squirrels, they are tame and expecting a small share of your peanuts 😉).
Grant Pillay | Apr 29, 2018
An awesome place for kids. The exhibits are great but the museum could be made more interactive for kids/students.
Heloise Black | Jun 2, 2018
PARKING: there is some parking available inside the museum property, limited, but free (outside of a tip for the car guard). Choose this as best option, especially if visiting with children! There is also a parkade outside of the museum, and expensive street parking just leading up to the old entrance. Choose parkade over street parking. MUSEUM itself is a good visit with children. There could be more lighting and labels on exhibits. GARDENS are great! I'm not a fan of feeding pigeons etc but there's a lot of entertainment value seeing squirrels eating nuts (local vendor walks up and down selling nuts).
Nuria Marchant | May 23, 2018
Lots of things to see and it's very educational. Unfortunately, they are renovating so some areas might be closed off. The planetarium is a must visit. You pay R30 for the museum but it doesn't include the planetarium. $
Shannon Viljoen | Jul 13, 2018
I have such mixed feelings about this museum. I love my country and the history and diversity is rich and fascinating and so much is displayed in the museum. If you have time to stand and read you will learn a huge amount. Wonderful mammal and bird displays!! BUT - why is the place so dirty, dust over everything, - why is it soo dark inside, - why are the carpets so disgustingly dirty, - why are there so few efforts made to engage children, children aren't going to just stand and read, it needs to be interactive, - why are so many areas closed off??? Come on Iziko, you can do better
Roelf van der Merwe | Jul 2, 2018
Very nice museum and really affordable entry fee. I just wish they would update the exhibitions more regularly. I came here as a child and they still have the same exhibits 25 years later...
Nancy Peters | Jul 13, 2018
Overall I really enjoyed the museum, I felt some areas could be more unkept but would recommend it especially during a blessed rainy day in Cape Town.
Cape Town Culinary Tours | Jul 28, 2018
I want to visit the Planetarium again, well the Iziko South African Museum. It was is so extraordinary and relaxing. 🦖🦁🐞🐻🦂🐍🦐🦈🐆🦋🐿🦔🍄🌗🌍💫 The old exhibitions makes it all feel very “real” and alive.
Ianette Hanekom | Jul 30, 2018
Was at the planetarium last time as a kid, so this was quite a treat. Totally enjoyed it and a fun outing for adults and kids. The one projector just flickered at times distorting the view in a small area at times, but that was ok. It's worth a visit if you haven't been in ages.
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