The Iziko Maritime Centre features an overview of shipping in Cape Town, and an exhibition of postal stones explains the earliest postal service in South Africa.
The earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour, completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison, forms part of the exhibitions. Images depicting Table Bay from the 17th to 20th Century give an idea of the development of the harbour. There is a collection of ship models and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town, in particular the era of mail-ships. Large and medium-sized images support the exhibitions, with the emphasis on the Union-Castle Line. Shipwrecks at the Cape are briefly discussed. A key part of this resource centre is the John H Marsh Maritime Research Centre. The Marsh collection consists of various collections including an important archive of nearly 20 000 photographs, depicting 9 200 ships dating from the late 1920s to the early 1960s.
The following activities have been scheduled for Museum Night. Please check the programmes on the night.
6PM - 8PM
Join Maritime expert and social history curator Thys van der Merwe at the Iziko Maritime Centre, located in Union-Castle House, Dock Road, and set sail on an epic adventure. Visitors will be taken through the fascinating world of shipping, providing insight to the history of this port city.
Walkabouts at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.
5PM - 10PM
Go under the sea in TheBlu, a virtual experience where you’ll encounter shipwrecks, the mighty Blue whale, and the magic of the oceans. The VR activation is operated by VirtualWorld. Limited to 5 minutes per person.