Zeitz MOCAA collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits twenty-first-century art from Africa and its Diaspora in over 100 galleries; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all.
The Zeitz MOCAA is located in the beautiful new Silo building taking up the skyline in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront and has been named the Arch Daily’s 2018 Building of the Year Award in the Cultural Architecture category. You can read more about the building’s history and the architects (Heatherwich Studios) here.
Free Entry On Wednesday’s
The Cape Town Big 7 team visited the Zeitz MOCAA on a Wednesday – did you know that you can gain free entry to the art gallery every Wednesday from 10:00 – 13:00 if you are an African Citizen? Just bring your I.D. or passport along and you can spend a few hours enjoying the art.
Excitement was in the air as we stood in line for the Zeitz MOCAA to open. We were joined by locals, international travellers and 2 groups of high school kids. All the South African’s had their I.D’s out.
Once inside, we looked up and took some time to enjoy the space and marvelled at the architectural design of the building. We decided to start out exploration from the top in the Sculpture Garden. The lifts were full so we climbed numerous stairs in the spiral staircase. We arrived on the 6th floor, panting a little bit, but were awarded with the most beautiful views of the city – framed in the now famous pillowed windows of the Silo Building.
As we made our way down, floor by floor, we were amazed by the quality of art at The Zeitz MOCAA. Sculpture, mixed-media, paintings, photographs, video installations and more which tackled a variety of themes from identity to gender issues. We took our time to appreciate each piece of art, to find out who the artist was, and where they came from.
Want more? The AfriSam Audio Tours will be launching soon and are dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge practice and contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora.
The audio tours will be available in three different journeys targeted at adults, children and those interested in the museum’s architecture. The tours are easy to use and a free audio gateway to Zeitz MOCAA’s twenty-first-century art and historic architecture. Initially available in English, the tours will be expanded to three local languages, to accommodate a diverse audience. The additional languages will be isiXhosa, isiZulu, and Afrikaans. Audiences can pick up their user-friendly and intuitive handheld audio-guide device and return it at the end of their tour at the reception desk in the atrium, on a rental basis.
Top Tips when visiting Zeitz MOCAA:
- Put aside 2 – 4 hours to enjoy all the art
- No flash photography is allowed – but you can bring your camera to take photos
- No large backpacks or handbags are allowed – patrons will be directed to the lockers at the entrance of Zeitz MOCAA where they can store their items safely
- Take your time and enjoy the building and the artwork
- Zeitz MOCAA Food is located on the 6th floor with views of the city and the Sculpture Garden. Bookings are highly recommended. To book a table through our online booking portal, please click here. Please note that to dine at Zeitz MOCAA Food all guests are required to pay museum admission fee.
- Buy your tickets to Zeitz MOCAA online and skip the ticket queues. Tickets available at Webtickets.
- Half-price Fridays. Half-price admission between 4 pm – 9 pm every first Friday of the month. Last entry: 8:30 pm.
- Keep an eye out on their Facebook Page for upcoming events and exhibitions.
Buy your tickets through Webtickets
Address: Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa, 8002
Hours: Wednesday to Monday (including public holidays):
10 am – 6 pm. Last entry: 5:30 pm.
First Friday of the month:
10 am – 9 pm. Last entry: 8:30 pm
Ticket Prices: From R180 and Children under 18 enter free
Wednesday: African Citizens, Free Entry from 10:00 – 13:00
One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.