Iziko Koopmans de Wet House

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Place Category: Iziko Museum Route, "Instant" Culture & Heritage Route, Themes, Arts, Crafts and Antiques, and MuseumsPlace Tags: Cape furniture, Cape silver, house museum, and Iziko Koopmans de Wet House

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    The oldest house museum in the country, Iziko Koopmans de Wet House was originally built as a home for a well-to-do Cape family during the late 18th century.

    This house museum is furnished as a home for a well-to-do Cape family during the late 18th Century. It houses some of the best pieces of Cape furniture and silver in the country, in addition to a priceless collection of ceramics. A household such as this would only have been able to function with its share of servants and slaves, and recent research has brought to light the names and professions of some who lived in the house at the time, as well as the kinds of activities they would have pursued.

    The house opened its doors as a museum in 1914, after the deaths of its last private owners, Marie Koopmans-de Wet and her sister Margaritha. It is the oldest house museum in the country. Marie Koopmans-de Wet, after whom the Museum is named, was well known during the South African War for her help to the orphans and widows of the Boer republics.

    35 Strand Street, Cape Town 8000
    Open Thur to Fri 09h00 to 16h00
    Closed Sat, Sun, Workers’ Day and Christmas Day
    Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3935

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