Museum Night at the V&A waterfront. thursday july 14 2016.

Discover the Museums of the V&A
Waterfront in a new light, after dark.

Thursday July 14 2016. 5pm - 9pm. Free Admission* 

About Museum Night

Museum Night is a cultural experience that sees multiple museums within a walkable area keeping their doors open late and offering free admission for the public. After two editions in Cape Town's central city, Museum Night is growing to the V&A Waterfront. An exciting programme of museums, performances and walkabouts awaits.

Attendees do not require tickets, other than for the Two Oceans Aquarium, for which half-price tickets are available at the entrance between 5pm and 8.30pm on the night. We recommend starting at the Clock Tower area of the Waterfront, choosing two or three museums to focus on, and seeing where the night takes you from there. Print maps and programmes will be available from all participating museums on the night. 

 Attendees at the Iziko South African National Gallery on Museum Night Cape Town 2016

Museums and Other Attractions


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 current Underwater Photographer of the Year exhibition.


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.


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.


Zeitz MOCAA Scheryn Pavilion

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is to be the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art. Although the museum is still under construction, Museum Night visitors can discover more about the Thomas Heatherwick-designed building and the institution at the Scheryn Pavilion, along with a programme spread around the V&A Waterfront. A one-hour programme of new media works can be viewed at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, with a self-guided tour of public artworks starting with the unveiling of Kyle Morland “Falsework IV” sculpture at 5pm.


Everard Read Gallery

Originally founded in Johannesburg in 1913 Everard Read is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery, opening its doors in Cape Town in September 1996. Always dynamic the gallery strives to maximise the exposure and dissemination of fine contemporary painting and sculpture to a broad audience. The Cape Town gallery will soon see the addition of its new CIRCA gallery space across the road. On Museum Night visitors can see the gallery’s Winter Collection – a selection of brand new examples by gallery artists as well as featured historical artworks.


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. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town with 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. R35 - R75 (Free for children under 4)


Golf Hall of Fame

The Golf Hall of Fame documents the history of golf in South Africa. It houses photographs dating from the late 1800s and a large display of golf clubs dating from 1850. Trophies on display include Louis Oosthuizen’s British Open trophy and the Canada Cup won by Harold Henning and Gary Player, amongst others.


Robben Island Jetty Museum

The Robben Island Jetty Museum 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.


Creative Exchange Market at the Watershed

The Watershed will transform into a Creative Exchange from 6pm onwards, with speed-dating style skill sharing sessions, art installations and exhibitions, and self-guided Meet-the-Maker pop-ups throughout the venue. The Watershed houses over 150 tenants representing over 365 brands. Museum Night attendees can also enjoy music from DJ Waxon and Bring Your Own Beamer projection installations.

Performances and Activities

5pm - 6.15pm / Live Music on Quay 5

Manouche (Music performance)

6pm - 6.30PM / Nobel Square

iQhiya "The Portrait" (Performance art piece)

6pm - 9pm / Watershed

DJ Paul Waxon (All vinyl music set)

6pm + 7pm + 8pm / Chavonnes Battery Museum

Museum walking tours (R50 recommended donation)

6.30pm - 7.30pm / Chavonnes Battery Museum

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Youth Ensemble (Music performance)

6.30pm - 7pm / Live music on Quay 5

Sylvestre Kabassidi (Music performance)

6.30pm / Iziko Maritime Centre

"Anchors in a Haystack" Talk by Jake Harding, Archeologist

7pm - 8pm / Two Oceans Aquarium I&J Ocean Exhibit

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra Youth Harpist (Music performance)

7.15pm - 8.30pm / Live music on Quay 5

Alvin Dyers Jazz Trio (Music performance)

7.30pm / Iziko Maritime Centre

Museum walkabout with Thys van der Werwe, Curator, Iziko Social History Collection

Art in Public Places self-guided walk

Use the print programme available on the night to navigate the sites of the V&A Waterfront's public art pieces. The self-guided walk has been put together by Zeitz MOCAA. See below for information on each piece.

Kyle Morland

Falsework IV
Mild steel and Jotacote
(On long term loan from The New Church Museum)

This abstract sculpture challenges us to find form, beauty and meaning in something that is not obviously recognizable. Abstraction has been a driving force in sculpture since the 20th Century. For thousands of years, sculpture’s main role was to commemorate the subject, the sitter, and represent their position in society. Abstract sculptors free themselves from the constraints of the represented and indulge in the technical language of sculpture itself: Form, shape, space, weight, material, colour, composition, line, texture, tone, contrast and scale etc.

Cameron Platter

Painted concrete

On these five planters he has added an ironic twist to the busyness that happens in this district. Look closely at the faux Ndembele design and you will make out the words “NEED MONEY”.

Gavin Young

Ice-cream Cone and Blue Cheese
Bronze and Wood

This playful but monumental bronze and wood sculpture plays with shape and form. It references Paul Cezanne’s concept that we see, or should see, the world through schematized shapes and geometric simplification.


Nobel Square

Oversized bronzes by Claudette Schreuders represent the four South African Nobel Peace Laureates: The late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President FW de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela.


Peace and Democracy

This complex bronze sculpture by Noria Mabasa, is a work acknowledging the contribution of women and children to the attainment of peace in South Africa.


IHAWU (Shield)
Corten steel

This Corten steel sculpture reminds us of the once thriving Fashion Industry (Rag Trade) that was based in Cape Town. Mohau Modisakeng has sliced an oversized button and through a subtle intervention, has created two shields.



The “twisted gun” sculpture is an oversized Colt Python Magnum revolver with its barrel knotted and its now disabled muzzle pointing upwards. Reuterswärd made this bronze sculpture after peace activist, John Lennon, was murdered.


Use this map for reference, but pick up a print map from any of the participating museums on the night.

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