Museum Night Cape Town
Thursday 20 April 2017

Explore the museums of Cape Town's central city in a new light - after dark. Museums will be open from 5pm until 10pm, offering free admission to the public. No tickets required. Browse the programme below, pick a place to start, grab a print programme on arrival, and see where the night takes you.


Museum and Performance Programme

25 Queen Victoria Street

A natural history museum that houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance.

On Show

Oceans of Life Whale Well
African Dinosaurs Wonders of Nature


7pm + 8.30pm - Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra string ensemble (Whale Well)
Time TBC - Our Future Dance Group performance (Amphitheatre in front of museum)
Time TBC - Poetry (Rock Art Gallery)


88 Hatfield Street (access from Company's Gardens)
*Photo ID required

The South African Jewish Museum was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in December 2000. The museum narrates the story of South African Jewry from its early beginnings, set against the backdrop of South African history over a period of more than 150 years.

On Show

Permanent Exhibitions
The Goldene Medina – Celebrating 175 Years of Jewish Life in South Africa
Jewish Refugees in Shanghai


88 Hatfield Street (access from Company's Gardens)
*Photo ID required.

Features a newly renovated permanent exhibition on the history of the Holocaust, combining photographs, film, documents, multimedia displays and recreated environments.


88 Hatfield Street (access from Company's Gardens)
*Photo ID required.

The Cape Town Hebrew Congregation was founded in 1841 making it the oldest Congregation in South Africa and one of the oldest in the Southern hemisphere. It is regarded as the Mother Synagogue of South Africa and is a centre for community events and celebrations.


Government Avenue (Company's Gardens)

South Africa's premier art museum, exhibiting South African masterpieces and other work from the permanent collection, as well as a changing programme of visiting exhibitions.

On Show

Permanent Exhibitions
At Face Value
Women’s Work


Corner Wale & Adderley Street

One of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, the museum's exhibitions explore the long history of slavery in South Africa, and issues around human rights.

On Show

Slavery at the Cape
Singing Freedom: Music & the Struggle against Apartheid
Slave Calendar


Various times - Music performances from the Rainbow Academy (Courtyard)
8pm - “Color Bar” video artwork by Roxanne Campbell (Outside Groote Kerk, Cnr Adderley and Bureau)
9pm - “Black Tie Store Opening” performance by Lesiba Mabitsela (Courtyard)


Corner Buitenkant & Albertus

The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally.

On Show

Permanent Exhibitions
Digging Deeper


Cnr Longmarket and Parliament

Müller’s Optometrists was established in 1890 and is well-knownfor its iconic Art Deco storefront. Upstairs one can find a recent addition to the building - the Müller’s Museum. Explore a collection of records and artefacts from the archives of Muller’s and 20th century optometry.


40 Long Street

This museum is housed in South Africa's oldest local mission church. It is popularly known as the old slave church as the first members of its congregation were slaves. Current exhibitions show the history of the building and the people who used it.

On Show

No Longer for Sale
Medicinal Plants and Khoi Herbs exhibition


96 Strand Street

Martin Melck House is one of the oldest homes in South Africa from the colonial period. Named after its first owner, its history is intimately entwined with that of Cape Town itself.

On Show

Nelson Mandela - From Prisoner to President


Official Merchandise

Purchase a limited edition tote bag, poster or crewneck sweatshirt on the night at the info table outside the Iziko South African Museum.


Useful Information

Please note that museums have limited capacity and may need to control access. Please be patient if waiting in a queue, or use the opportunity to visit some of the other museums. Be respectful of museums, works on display, staff, and those around you.

Parking is limited. Please make use of street parking where possible. Queen Victoria Street, Wale Street, Loop Street, Bree Street, and Plein Street.

Please ensure you have photo ID on you if you're interested in visiting the SA Jewish Museum, Cape Town Holocaust Centre, or Gardens Shul.

You explore the city at your own risk. Don't do anything stupid. The organisers take no responsibility for any harm or loss of possession or life. Please be careful, and enjoy the night.

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