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 Museums & Sites
Iziko Maritime Centre
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.
Cape Medical Museum
The Cape Medical Museum is a great visit if you are interested in the history of medicine, particularly as it emphasizes both western and traditional medicine in the Cape.
The museum exhibits the history of medicine at the cape, including dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and surgery. Displays contain the equipment used by medical practitioners at the turn of the century The rooms are well set up and provide visitors with background and rare items to keep the museum goer interested and engaged
Chavonnes Battery Museum
The Chavonnes Battery Museum showcases the Archaeological Ruins of a Dutch East India Company Fort, buried for 140 years, and is also host to a robust schedule of international photographic exhibitions, rich in content, and relevant in terms of contemporary thinking and topics.
At the Chavonnes Battery, you will find: Archaeology Ruins / Museum: Time travel below sea-level to discover the History of Cape Town, detailed displays, exhibits and information boards about 18th Century life at the Cape and the cannons they used to protect it. International Photo Exhibition: “Twenty Seven Years of Photojournalism ” by Nic Bothma in association with the European Pressphoto Agency. [EPA] Award winning photographs including unpublished images of Nelson Mandela
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a window into the spectacular oceans surrounding the southern African coast.
Their collection of more than 3000 marine creatures represent the life that thrives along the South African coast, and the exhibits and displays package messages around conservation and environmental awareness in a fun and accessible way.
Don’t miss the sharks, jellies and stingrays!
*The Two Oceans Aquarium offers half-price admissions on Museum Night.
Located next to the Two Oceans Aquarium, this beautiful space is home to more than 150 tenants who represent over 365 brands.
A vast selection of products can be found here, including: Design & Craft, Home & Decor, Fashion & Accessories, Jewellery. On Museum Night the Watershed comes alive with DJ's, musicians and performance – stay tuned for more information about the full programme!
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), the largest museum of contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.
Zeitz MOCAA is a public not-for-profit museum that collects, preserves, researches and exhibits 21st-century art from Africa and its Diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all.
Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
The Springbok Experience offers a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family and is a must-do attraction
at the heart of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
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.
Robben Island Jetty One Museum
Jetty 1 Museum is a national monument separate from the Exhibition and Information Centre.
This building was, in fact, the start and end point of the journeys taken by all travellers - prisoners, wardens or staff - heading to and from Robben Island. Take a closer look and you will notice a little board just outside the entrance that denotes its historical importance. Inside is a full account of Robben Island, before and after apartheid.
If you don't have half a day to devote to the Robben Island tour, or if the weather lends itself to remaining on dry land rather than heading across to the island, this is the next best thing.
Everard Read CIRCA
Originally founded in Johannesburg in 1913, Everard Read CIRCA is South Africa's oldest commercial gallery. Everard Read in Cape Town opened its doors in the V & A Waterfront in September 1996 with our London Everard Read Gallery launching at the start of 2016. CIRCA Cape Town was unveiled in November 2016.
Always dynamic, the gallery strives to maximise the exposure and dissemination of fine contemporary painting and sculpture to a broad audience. An important contributor to the already vibrant cultural life of South Africa, Everard Read CIRCA maintains a strong and unique identity for itself. A programme of both solo and group exhibitions is often accompanied by publications serving to showcase established contemporary artists as well as the emerging younger generations.
Nelson Mandela Gateway
From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is both a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This triple-story glass museum links the V&A Waterfront with the Robben Island Museum and incorporates the passenger ferry terminal. Also included are various exhibition areas, an auditorium, and museum shop.