- Buzz About Honeybees and PollinationPERMANENTThis exhibition showcases how important honeybees are to our survival by detailing the pollination role that they play in our environment. More info
- Marine ExhibitsPERMANENTDepicting life in our oceans. The Sunlit Sea exhibit shows a kelp forest habitat and animals of the Open Ocean including a 4.9 m white shark, a leatherback turtle and a broadbill swordfish. More info
- The Giant Squid: ArchiteuthisPERMANENTThe giant squid, one of the last great mysteries of the sea, has not yet been seen alive. A creature of myth and wonder, an early specimen was described as a merman or sea monk in 16th century... More info
- The Boonstra DioramasPERMANENTEvidence of life in the Karoo from 300 million years ago; dioramas of ancient Karoo reptiles; fossil mammals of the Cape four million years ago. More info
- Stone Bones of the Ancient KarooPERMANENTThis exhibition has been 250 million years in the making. It features the fossilised skeletons of long-extinct reptiles that ruled the land areas of the world some 50 million years before the... More info
- Our Place in the UniversePERMANENTA display depicting a cosmic zoom to view the universe on an ever increasing scale, reaching back to almost the very beginning of our universe. More info
- Whale WellPERMANENTA unique collection of whale casts and skeletons, to be seen from all floors; includes a 20.5 metre blue whale skeleton. More info
- Wonders of Nature
OngoingPERMANENTThe exhibition comprises a selection of 20 objects highlighting the beauty and diversity of natural forms across space and time. Amongst others, fossilized freshwater fish from the Triassic period... More info
- African DinosaursPERMANENTAfrican Dinosaurs tells the story of dinosaurs from an African perspective. Realistic dioramas of ancient Karoo landscapes with fleshed-up reconstructions of some of our South African... More info
- Darwin and the CapePERMANENT2009 saw the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species. His theory on the evolution of life... More info
- Virtual EarthPERMANENTVirtual Earth takes the form of a Gaiasphere, an interactive digital theatre housed in a large (3.2 m diameter) back-projected hemisphere with which animations of changes happening... More info
- The World’s Oldest Chemistry Set?PERMANENTNew Discoveries from Blombos Cave “What makes us human?” This topical question receives some answer in the form of two unique 100 000-year-old ochre preparing kits from Blombos Cave,... More info
The South African Museum, established in 1825 by Lord Charles Somerset, is the oldest and largest museum on the sub-continent. A landmark in the historic Company's Garden, the Museum is housed in an elegant late-Victorian building which was opened in the 1880's and has been enlarged with modern extensions. The centre-piece of the new wing is the Whale Well, one of the Mother city's most spectacular venues.
The ambience of the exhibits, which range from fossil footprints to trance-inspired San rock paintings, lends a unique atmosphere to performances and other events held in the Museum. Celebrating a special occasion or hosting corporate clients in the Whale Well is an unforgettable experience, enhanced by the majestic presence of the Blue Whale. Using the Museum for your special events and conferences furthers awareness of South Africa's rich natural and cultural heritage.
25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Capacity and configuration
|T H Barry Lecture Theatre||115 (fixed seating)||131m2|
Please note the following:
- No marquees are allowed at any of the Iziko venues
- Conditions apply
- Tariffs on request
- Only email applications will be considered
- Parking: Yes
- Disabled access: Yes
- Conference facilities: Yes
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About the Museum
The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.
The South African Museum was founded in 1825. In 1897 the Museum moved to its present building in the historic Company's Garden. Since then millions of visitors have wandered its halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by its collections and exhibitions. They have left the Museum with a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.
Did you know?
For every object on exhibition at the South Museum, there are thousands more carefully stored away. The Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance.
For nearly 200 years scientists at the Museum have been adding to these collections and studying them.
The collections now range from fossils almost 700 million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.