The Iziko South African Museum is a South African national museum located in Cape Town a city that is a capital of South Africa and has the famous prisoner site of Robben Island. 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”.

The South African Museum was founded by Lord Charles Somerset in 1825 as a general museum comprising natural history and material culture from local and other groups further afield. In time, it developed greater systematic organisation and classification similar to the evolutionary models that were prominent in European and American museums in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The focus on natural history encouraged the notion that very little divided the animal world from the human subjects who were documented.

Exhibitions[edit]

Asbestos pipeline with gypsum crystals. Water pipeline from Rooikop to Walvis Bay, Namibia

Iziko South African Museum
The museum is organized on four levels and hosts a variety of exhibitions, from rock art to fossils, marine animals and meteorites.

Opening Hours

Monday

10am to 5pm

Tuesday

10am to 5pm

Wednesday

10am to 5pm

Thursday

10am to 5pm

Friday

10am to 5pm

Saturday

10am to 5pm

Sunday

10am to 5pm

Address

Our Address:

25 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001

GPS:

-33.92708893549457, 18.41656642038288

Telephone:
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