First things first: Happy International Museum Day!
This day is held every year on or around 18 May to commemorate and raise awareness to the fact that the presence of museums are important in experiencing culture, cultural exchange, art, development and mutual understanding between people of all kinds.
We’d like to celebrate today by mentioning 5 of our favourite museums in Cape Town:
District Six Museum
Established in December 1994, the District Six Museum memorializes the District Six and forced removal experience that black South Africans faced in 1901 when they were displaced from the district.
Where: 25 Buitenkant Street
South African Museum & Planetarium
This ultra-fascinating museum boasts a full-size whale skeleton, as well as daily tours and shows to further peak your interest. The best kept secret is that you can park in the museum grounds if you display your ticket on your dash. What’s more? Your ticket will also grant you complimentary entry to the SA National Gallery across the gardens.
Where: Company Gardens, Paddock Ave
Castle of Good Hope
What was once a Fort, the Castle of Good Hope is now host to an interesting 10-minute walk showcasing the Cape’s early days. The Castle of Good Hope also regularly hosts markets and outdoor theatre viewings, so keep your eyes peeled for some of these exciting events!
Where: Castle Street, Cape Town
Known as the prison where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, Robben Island may very well be one of the most famous prisons on earth. Now, the island is a heritage site where visitors are taken through a lengthy tour.
Where: ferries to Robben Island depart from Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront at 9 am, 11 am & 1pm daily.
This new edition, located at the Silos at the V&A Waterfront, just might be our absolute favourite museum of all time. You’ll be treated to unique, cutting-edge contemporary art pieces from Africa and its Diaspora and enjoy breathtaking views from the rooftop restaurant. The best part is, all South African citizens get in FREE on Wednesdays from 10 till 1pm on presentation of a valid SA ID.
Where: V&A Waterfront, Silo District, S Arm Rd
How many of these have you ticked off your list? What is YOUR favourite museum in the Cape Town area? Let us know below!