Museum Night V&A Waterfront
Wednesday 28 June 2017

Explore the museums of the V&A Waterfront in a new light - after dark.

Museums will be open from 5pm until 10pm, offering free admission to the public, with a number of other attractions offering half price admission. The museum exhibitions are supported by an exciting programme of performances and walkabouts. Attendees do not require tickets for Museum Night. Just arrive at the Waterfront, decide on where you would like to start, and use the printed programmes available to find your way around from there. Find more information about the programme below. 


Participating Institutions


Chavonnes Battery Museum

Built in 1724, the Chavonnes Battery was part of a range of coastal defence sites to deter sea-borne aggressors and named after the Governor at the time. The Chavonnes Battery was partially demolished in 1860, its stone reused for the Alfred Basin, with the Clock Tower built as its new sentinel. In 1999, the Chavonnes Battery was re-discovered, excavated and conserved in a spectacular example of architectural ingenuity. The museum is built around the exposed ruins of the Chavonnes Battery site, and explores the history of Cape Town. Visitors can also see the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year exhibition.


Robben Island Jetty 1

The museum at Robben Island Jetty 1 is housed in the embarkation building for prisoners sent to Robben Island. This transit building was used by the Robben Island Maximum Security Prison from 1962. Political and commonlaw prisoners, warders, their families and other visitors passed through this site. In the 1970s the zinc and iron building was demolished and the current brick building was erected. The museum tells the story of the prisoners and warders who passed through this site.


Iziko Maritime Centre

The Iziko Maritime Centre features an overview of shipping in Cape Town, and the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison. There is a collection of ship models, images, and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town, with the emphasis on the Union-Castle Line.


Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum takes visitors on an interactive journey through the fascinating story of South African rugby. The museum features more than 60 audio visual displays where visitors can watch the history of South African rugby unfold, set among cases displaying historic objects such as famous trophies, jerseys, boots and other memorabilia. And there are games for children and adults alike where they can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ games zone.


Cape Medical Museum

The Cape Medical Museum is situated in the Old City Hospital Complex on Portswood Road. Its exhibitions center around the medical history of the Cape and include the Doctor's Consulting Room, Dentist Room, Hospital Ward and Operating Theater.


Two Oceans Aquarium*

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium showcases the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. Over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. *Half-price on all ticket tiers on Museum Night. R37.50 (children). R80 (adults).


Zeitz MOCAA (Opens September 2017)

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Over one hundred galleries are dedicated to a permanent collection; temporary exhibitions; and Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Excellence, Performative Practice, Photography, the Moving Image, and the Costume Institute. The museum opens to the public in September, but on Museum Night attendees can get a glimpse of the building and pre-purchase memberships or tickets for the much-anticipated public opening.


Performance Programme

Various performances and activities will be taking place across the Waterfront. This information will be available on the print maps which you'll be able to use to navigate the full programme on the night. Please take note of the alternative venues in case of bad weather, and be aware that times may change.

5.00PM - Series/Friends: Music by Rose Bonica (Portswood Tunnel*)
5.40PM - Series/Friends: AJRR "Washing Hands" performance (Portswood Tunnel*)
6.00PM - Rainbow Academy Choir performance (Clocktower*)
6.00PM - iKapa Dance Theatre performance (Watershed)
6.10PM - Series/Friends: Dukhan "Don't put a label on it they're not from here" (Portswood Tunnel*)
6.20PM - Series/Friends: Quaid Heneke and Angelo Velerio "Daughters, Daughters: Tunnel of Wake" (Portswood Tunnel*)
6.20PM - Majozi music performance (Watershed)
6.30PM - iKapa Dance Theatre performance (Nobel Square*)
6.45PM - Sylvestre Kabassidi music performance (Clocktower*)
7.00PM - Rainbow Academy dance performance (Nobel Square*)
7.00PM - Live poetry (Watershed)
7.00PM - Guided walkabout (Iziko Maritime Centre)
7.20PM - Card on Spokes music performance (Watershed)
7.30PM - Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra string quartet (Chavonnes Battery Museum)
7.30PM - Rus Nerwich Trio - jazz performance (Robben Island Jetty 1)
7.30PM - Ludwe Danxa jazz trio (Nobel Square)
8.00PM - Flute and Harp performance (Aquarium - Ocean Exhibit)
8.00PM - iKapa Dance Theatre performance (Watershed)
8.00PM - Guided walkabout (Iziko Maritime Centre)
8.10PM - Live poetry (Watershed)
8.20PM - Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra string quartet (Chavonnes Battery Museum)
8.20PM - K-$ performance (Watershed)
8.30PM - Rus Nerwich Trio - jazz performance (Robben Island Jetty 1)
8.30PM - Ludwe Danxa jazz trio (Nobel Square)
9.00PM - Odwa Bongo jazz band (Clocktower*)

*In case of bad weather, performances scheduled for the Clocktower will move to the Chavonnes Battery Museum, and performances scheduled for Nobel Square and Portswood Tunnel will move to The Forum (between the Maritime Centre and the Cape Wheel). 


Other Attractions

WALL Gallery - Nestled on the 2nd floor of the Old Port Captain’s Building, WALL Gallery exhibits an impressive collection of work by acclaimed South African artists. Open to the public until 9pm on Museum Night.

Watershed - The Watershed hosts over 150 local design traders, and a great programme of performances on Museum Night.

Ripley's Believe It or Not - Experience over 200 amazing artefacts. Ripley's is the only place in Cape Town where you’ll find a Megalodon jaw, a Dodo skeleton, miniature art in the eye of a needle and so much more! Half price admission on Museum Night. R60 (children under 16 and seniors). R75 (adults).

Arup open office - Arup is hosting an open office, inviting attendees to celebrate their involvement in the Grain Silo project that houses the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Grab a drink, meet some of the engineers, and discuss the future of museums in the digital age. The office is located on the 1st floor of the Clock Tower Centre. Stop by between 5.30pm and 9pm.

The Cape Wheel - An iconic feature of the V&A Waterfront that can be seen from the distance. Visitors can enjoy spectacular 360° views of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, the city and beyond the city limits – as far as the eye can see. All for half price on Museum Night. R30 (children) - R60 (adults). 4pm - 10.30pm.

Alfred Mall - The Alfred Mall is home to galleries, stores and a number of great restaurants, located right in the centre of the Museum Night programme. See what it has to offer on the night. 

Restaurants - The V&A Waterfront has food offerings ranging from fast food to fine dining. To see which restaurants offer Winter specials click here.