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.
‘Iziko’ is an isiXhosa word, meaning "a hearth"- typically the centre of an African homestead. Similarly, Iziko symbolises a central hub of cultural activity, bringing together South Africa’s diverse heritage.