• Iziko South African Museum

    Iziko South African Museum is the oldest museum in South Africa established by Dr Smith in 1823. Visited by Charles Darwin in June 1836, when he came to Cape Town on his circumnavigation of the southern hemisphere on the HMS Beagle. The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday. Includes exhibitions of rock paintings and engravings, providing evidence of spiritual beliefs and ritual, dating back 80 000 years. In 1897 the Museum moved to its present building in the historic Company’s Garden. Since then millions of visitors have wandered its halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by its collections and exhibitions. They have left the Museum with a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present. 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town 8000 Daily 09h00 to 17h00 Closed Workers’ Day and Christmas Day Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3800      

  • Iziko South African National Gallery

    South Africa’s premier art museum, Iziko South African National Gallery, houses outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. Selections from the Permanent Collection change regularly to enable the museum to have a full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture. They provide insight into the extraordinary range of aesthetic production in this country, the African continent and further afield. This programme is complemented by a range of temporary visiting exhibitions. Government Avenue, Company’s Garden, Cape Town 8000 Open daily 09h00 to 17h00 Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3970

  • Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum

    The Bo-Kaap Museum, situated in the historic Bo-Kaap area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit. Colourful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa, add to this unique Cape experience. The Museum was established in 1978 as a satellite of the SA Cultural History Museum. It was furnished as a house that depicts the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family. Today, the museum is in a transformation stage. The Bo-Kaap Museumis being changed into a social history museum that will tell the story of the local community within a national socio-political and cultural context and two new displays with this theme have already been completed 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town 8000 Open Mon to Sat 09h00 to 16h00 Closed on Sun, Workers’ Day, Christmas Day, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Adha and January 2 Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3938

  • Iziko Koopmans de Wet House

    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 Read more [...]

  • Iziko William Fehr Collection

    The William Fehr Collection contains fine and interesting examples of paintings and decorative arts of special relevance to the Cape’s wealth of historical information concerning peoples and landscapes of early colonial South Africa. The William Fehr Collection is exhibited at the Castle of Good Hope and Rust en Vreugd,(see below) both historic buildings. The Castle, Cape Town’s oldest building, houses the component of oil paintings, furniture and decorative arts. Rust en Vreugd, a very fine example of colonial eighteenth century urban architecture, houses the art on paper – prints, drawings and watercolours. The artefacts, including the art works, date from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, the period of Dutch colonial settlement and, after 1795, the era of British occupation. The art works constitute a uniquely rich and important resource for many aspects of the history of the period. The collection reflects the outlook and aesthetics of a single collector, William Fehr (1892–1968), and his social context, and so differs from most museum collections that are the result of selection by museum staff over an extended period. William Fehr’s private collection was first displayed at the Castle in 1952 during the Van Riebeek Tercentenary Festival. Here a large Read more [...]

  • Iziko Rust en Vreugd

    Rust en Vreugd was built as a home around 1777 – 1778. It showcases a selection of William Fehr’s drawings, watercolours and print art works. 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 Read more [...]

  • 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, 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. 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. It also has an online service for the answering of queries regarding the ships and for ordering images of these ships. 1st Floor, Union-Castle House, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 8000 Open daily 09h00 to 16h00 Closed Workers’ Day and Christmas Day Tel: +27 (0)21 405 2880

  • Norval Foundation

    The Norval Foundation is a centre for art and cultural expression dedicated to the research and exhibition of 20th and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond. Located in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, the Norval Foundation combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature. The innovative Sculpture Garden, outdoor amphitheatre, purpose-built exhibition spaces and research library are situated in a unique setting that offers visitors a multisensory experience. This is complemented by the Skotnes Restaurant and Bar, a bespoke shop and a children’s playground. They aim to create high-quality exhibitions and public programming to broaden your understanding of the visual arts. The Norval Foundation is honoured to be the custodian of the Gerard Sekoto Foundation, the Edoardo Villa Estate Collection and the Alexis Preller Archive. We believe that art has the power to enrich your lives and that artists contribute to your communities in a profound way.

  • Gallery South

    Gallery South is a unique boutique museum and gallery representing politically and spiritually rich work by South African art masters largely ignored during the apartheid years, alongside curated contemporary exhibitions of internationally prominent and emerging artists from Johannesburg, Venda, southern Africa and the continent more widely. Ideally located two minutes’ walk from Muizenberg’s Blue Flag beach and surfers’ mecca. Enjoy original art when you stay at Sea B&B, inspired by the town’s art deco history, behind the gallery in the historic village. 18 – 20 Church St, Muizenberg. info@seabnb.captown www.seabnb.capetown

  • Kalk Bay Modern

    Kalk Bay Modern is an eclectic space that serves as a creative platform for contemporary artists, photographers, ceramists, designers and other creatives from the Southern African region. They specialise in affordable art, art editions and San Bushman art. The gallery also features a select range of ceramics, textiles and selected high quality crafts and jewellery. Expert framing offered. 1st Floor Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd,  Kalk Bay, Cape Town 7975 +27 (0)21 788 6571  +27 (0)82 715 3380 kbmodern@iafrica.com  Visit Mon to Sun 09h30 – 17h00  Phone for extended summer hours

  • The Studio Art Gallery

    The Studio Art Gallery is a curated contemporary exhibition space showcasing a variety of emerging and established South African artists. The galley hosts many solo and group exhibitions and includes an open studio where visitors can view resident artists at work. Harbour Bay Centre, Shop 31 (on the square), Cnr Dido Valley & Main Rds, Simon’s Town, Cape Town 7806 +27 (0)21 786 9457 admin@studioartgallery.co.za  Visit Mon to Sun 09h00 – 17h00

  • Boulders Beach (TMNP)

    Nestled in a sheltered cove between Simon’s Town and Cape Point, Boulders has become world famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins and magnificent wind sheltered, safe beaches. Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird (Spheniscus demersus) can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment.From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3 000 in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which for part of the penguins’ diet. Boulders forms part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMPNP), which incorporates Table Mountain and the Peninsula mountain chain from Signal Hill to Cape Point. The area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders. The most popular recreational spot is Boulders Beach – recently voted one of the best 50 beaches in Africa – see blog. The penguins are best viewed from Foxy Beach, where newly-constructed boardwalks take visitors to within a few metres of the birds.  

  • Ye Olde Artifact Cove & Shipwreck Shoppe

    Browse around one of the world’s most interesting curiosity shops, specialising in maritime memorabilia, nautical antiques, militaria, scrimshaw and shipwreck relics. Ye Olde Artifact Cove & Shipwreck Shoppe is part of the bustling Mariner’s Wharf Centre at the entrance to the working Hout Bay Harbour.  You might be able to pick up fresh fish from the boats.  Or choose to eat at one of the restaurant options at Mariner’s Wharf.

  • Hout Bay Trading Store

    This interesting 19th century cottage is charming and well worth a visit, whether you are searching for an unusual gift, or an item to complete a collection. It offers so much more than a stroll down memory lane.

  • Original T-Bag Designs

    One of a kind handmade products using recycled tea bags as works of art!  Tea bags are dried, emptied then painted! Each artist has their own style and  patterns. These miniature works of art are then applied to stationary, wooden trays, coasters, wall decor and more. For a group of previously disadvantaged people in Hout Bay, Cape Town, one cup of tea has indeed provided community, love, excitement, financial security and hope.

  • Sarah Walters

    This boutique ceramics gallery features the work of father and daughter potters David and Sarah Walters. The gallery has a wide range of handmade, functional and decorative studio ceramics. You are also welcome to watch Sarah in her working studio.

  • Scotch & Sofa by Mitch and the Machine

    Mitch Mitchell AKA Mitch & the Machine is the creative drive behind the unique and bespoke interior accessories and gifts found in the world of Scotch & Sofa. Mitch creates your dream design from initial sketches to handcrafting and finishing every original piece. Pop art, sculptures,chandeliers, gifts, mechanical art, ALL FLAT PACK

  • Siyabonga Ceramics

    Siyabonga Ceramics hosts three artists, Madoda and Siyabonga Fani and Chuma Maweni who have taken traditional African pottery to new innovative and pioneering heights. Meet the artists when visiting their ceramic studio and browse the high end ware and one of a kind works of art.

  • The South African Print Gallery

    Dealers in 100 years of quality fine art investment prints by leading artists and pioneering SA printmakers. ,

  • A4 Arts Foundation

    A4 Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit art centre in Lower Buitenkant St, Cape Town. The facility hosts a free to public library and exhibition space, as well as an art studio and workshop. In these spaces, A4 shares local and international exhibitions, talks, seminars, film screenings and educational exchanges.

  • Long Street Antique Arcade

    Alexandra’s: Jewellery, Silver, Royalty Discover Antiques: Ornaments,watches, Jewellery Fowzias: Cameras, Coins, watches Galleria Fortunata: Oriental, Decorative Moulin Rouge: Vintage Clothing Glitterati: Vintage Clothing Marias Jewellery: Antique and Vintage Jewellery Times & Pieces: Watches, Jewellery African Star: Coins, medals, militaria