Find your muse at SA museums' open night

2018-06-13 12:37 - Kavitha Pillay
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Explore Zeitz Museum at night. (Photo: Zeitz MOCAA)

There’s something fascinating about being able to journey into the past, explore natural environments that are far from our actual locations, and share in cultures and heritage from across the globe, all through visits to a museum.

Museums enlighten us on various aspects of the world and opens our minds to the many facets of life - no matter how old, or wise, you may be.

SEE: International Museum Day: Explore these 9 SA museums in celebration

A visit to the museum takes you on an adventure – now add to this experience by visiting a museum at night and you’re in for a special treat.

Making this possible is Museum Night South Africa which is hosting an event that allows visitors to explore museums and attractions of the V&A Waterfront at night.

Set to take place on 28 June 2018, from 17:00 to 22:00, Museum Night V&A Waterfront, provides the opportunity to see museums in the vicinity “in a new light - after dark”.

A number of museums will be participating in the night event, offering free admission to the public, while some other attractions in the area will offer half price admission, allowing families to delight in seeing as many museums and attractions as possible.

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Founded by Iziko Museums of South Africa – and an initiative together with Thursdays Projects - Museum Night’s programme also boasts a line-up of performances and walkabouts.

Best of all, you do not need to buy tickets to attend – simply arrive at the Waterfront, grab a printed programme and choose where to start your exploring.

Check it out:


Here are the participating museums:

Zeitz Mocaa Museum

Zeitz Mocaa Museum of Contemporary Art is a geometric marvel showcasing African art. The museum structure is a seamless collaboration where architecture and art meet.

SEE: Is this the most hair-raising exhibits of the Zeits MOCAA?

The museum’s design and the display of artwork influence each other, in a new creative paradigm - redefining the way we consume art.

Check it out:

Robben Island Jetty One Museum

A lesser-known historical gem at the V&A Waterfront, this museum marks the departure point for Robben Island tours.

Jetty One Museum, a national monument separate from the Robben Island Exhibition and Information Centre, used to be a departure and arrival point for prisoners, wardens or Robben Island prison staff. Learn more about the history of Robben Island at this museum that used to be a prison.

Chavonnes Battery Museum

At this V&A Waterfront museum, visitors get to explore the Archaeology Ruins of the Fort, see photo exhibitions or go on a walking tour.

Iziko Maritime Centre

Explore the history of shipping in Cape Town and see an exhibition of postal stones about the earliest postal service in SA.

Part of the exhibition includes the earliest model of Table Bay harbour which was completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison.

Cape Medical Museum

This museum, built in 1859, will share insight on the history of medicine, as well as western and traditional medicine used in the Cape.

Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

A must-visit for Rugby fans, this museum houses more than 60 audio-visual displays on the history of South African rugby. Visitors will also get to see trophies, jerseys, boots and other items that have made history in SA rugby.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Visitors will get to explore the mind-blowing aquarium at V&A Waterfront, which is abound with the sea animals that inhabit both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

SEE: Inner workings of Cape Town's Two Oceans Aquarium takes centre stage in 'The Wild Ones' series

Everard Read CIRCA

Art lovers will delight in viewing creative and inspiring pieces in a night-time exploration at this prestigious gallery, which is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery.

Nelson Mandela Gateway

The Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island is a glass museum with exhibition areas, an auditorium and a museum shop. It links the V&A Waterfront and Robben Island Museum with a passenger ferry terminal.

The Watershed

Enjoy shopping and browsing through this centre which will be open at night for the special Museum Night event. Food, fashion, arts, crafts, and live entertainment will be on offer.

For more information click here.