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Comprehensive and updated information about the 15 museums in Cape Town can be obtained from the IZIKO website. "Iziko" is a Xhosa word meaning "hearth" in the sense of "centre of cultural activity". Simply click on the banner on the right at the top.

South African Museum

One should spare some hours time for this wonderful museumSan Camp. Remarkable is the reconstruction of a Bushman camp. It illustrates vividly the way the San people lived in the 19th century in the Karoo semi-desert. The Bushmen models are life-size reconstructions and look absolutely realistic. They are copies of models from plaster of Paris which were taken from real Bushmen in 1910.

The museum lies at the upper end of Company's Garden and is open daily from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. It also has a coffeeshop and a museumshop.Tel: 021 4243330. Fax: 021 4246716.


Star Machine, Cape Town PlanetariumThe Planetarium is part of the South African Museum and consists of a seminar with a huge dome ceiling. With a complex Minolta Star Machine and numerous projectors, the starrey sky of the southern hemispere is precisely simulated. Usually some interesting special programmes are being offered, for example about the space trip of the South African millionaire Mark Shuttleworth. There are also some good shows for children on the weekend. The Planetarium is also open daily.
Tel: 021 4813900. Fax: 021 4813990.
South African National Gallery

A visit to the National Gallery also requires some hours time. Besides the permanent collections, there are always interesting special exhibitions. Information about them to be found on the IZIKO website.

The National Gallery lies at the upper end of Company's Garden and is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has a cafè and a museum shop. Tel: 021 4651628. Fax: 021 4610045.

Slave Lodge

The Slave Lodge houses many impressive collector's pieces from the history of Cape Town. Particularly interesting is the exhibition of the history of South Africa's postal and currency systems. From precolonial times, stem the numerous "Postal Stones", which were used by passing ships as mail boxes. The seafarers deposited letters for ships that would pass later, under these stones and scratched the name of their ship and the dates of arrival and departure into them. The Postal Stones bear witness to the first visits of the Portuguese, French, Dutch and British to the Cape.

The Slave Lodge lies at the upper end of Adderley Street, right next to the entrance to the Company's Garden. Open mondays to saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tel: 021 4618280.

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