• 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Rupert Museum

    20thc South African art, modern French tapestries and international sculptures.

  • G2 Art

    This contemporary gallery is set in the vibrant heart of the city. Showcasing a wide range of original contemporary art by South African artists. G2 Art offers an exciting range of diverse and affordable painting, sculpture and mixed media for discerning buyers. There is originality and quality in each artwork.

  • Zeitz MOCAA

    The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is the first major museum of contemporary art in Africa. Over a hundred galleries are filled with thousands of magnificent and thought-provoking artworks from across the African continent. A must visit.

  • The South African Jewish Museum

    The South African Jewish Museum is a visual interactive and high tech museum representing the story of the Jews of South Africa, their origins and contributions. Gift shop and Café Riteve.

  • Iziko Slave Lodge

    The Iziko Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum – reflect the long and rich history of the building. Between 1679 and 1811, this windowless building was filled to the brim with slaves – many of them women. The ‘lodge’ was also used as a prison, mental asylum and unofficial brothel. It is said that in those days ‘women in the Cape were few, but slaves were plenty.’ In 1998 this museum was renamed the Slave Lodge. Under the umbrella theme, ‘From human wrongs to human rights’, exhibitions on the lower level of this museum explore the long history of slavery in South Africa. Permanent Exhibitions: Remembering Slavery Slave Origins – Cultural Echoes From African Earth: Celebrating our African Vessel Heritage Unshackled History: The Wreck of the Slave Ship, São José, 1794 An audio-guided tour can be rented at a nominal fee. This guide takes you on a historical journey through the Slave Lodge and gives you insight into the dismal living conditions. Corner Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town 8000 Open Mon Read more [...]

  • Watershed

    Explore a world of African innovation, craft and design – all under one roof. The newly renovated and ingeniously re-imagined Watershed is a physical manifestation of Africa’s characteristic culture and philosophy. Hosting over 300 names in local design and over 150 traders selling a wide variety of locally produced, handcrafted products, the Watershed offers something to appeal to every creative-at-heart. Visit the Watershed and discover a myriad of locally sourced and produced art and crafts, from design and furniture to fashion and jewellery. Your shopping experience will not be complete without popping into the dedicated Wellness Centre on the mezzanine level, for a selection of treatments and wellness products.

  • Ebony City Centre

    Exclusive local design stands alongside classic and contemporary fine art in EBONY CURATED’s three gallery spaces; the resulting atmosphere is one that simultaneously exudes energy and elegance. Sourcing artwork from across South Africa and rest of the African continent, EBONY CURATED’s art and design collection is engaging and vibrant, with a distinctly African twist.

  • Church Street

    First stop on this bustling strip is The Gallery Shop. It’s owned by Lorin Strieman who has an unfailing eye for beautiful and orginal hand made goodies – jewellery, accessories, artefacts made mainly by women’s groups from South Africa and Africa.  The rest of the street has a great mix of art galleries and street traders amongst them queen of the vintage vendors, Brenda Scarrett, who for years ran the much loved Second Time Around shop in Long Street (still in business btw!). Find her on the corner of Long and Church Streets, at her stall selling Cape collectables and memorabilia. On the same corner, pop into MeMeMe established by Doreen Southwood and across the road Mungo and Jemima, owned by Kirsty Bannerman and Marian Park-Ross, both super spots for proudly South African and stylish fashion from local designers. Further down Long St, itself dotted with funky fashion outlets, you’ll find the African Women Craft Market.  As the name suggests it’s a cornucopia of beaded, woven, painted and sculpted craft. Three stories of meandering indoor market filled with a rainbow of baskets, bracelets, boots and pretty much every accessory known to womankind. And if you’ve got the time there are Read more [...]

  • Iziko Groot Constantia

    Groot Constantia dates back to 1685, when the land was granted to Simon van der Stel. It is the oldest wine-producing estate in South Africa. The Manor House, with its exhibition of furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, brass, and copperware, provides an insight into the life of a successful 18th to late 19th century Cape farmer. The original Cloete Cellar, which hosts the Wine Museum and where the world-famous sweet wines of Constantia were made, exhibits wine storage and drinking vessels from antiquity to the early 20th century. Panel, object and archaeological displays give an overview of Groot Constantia from the past to present, including slavery on the estate. A carriage collection on the farm is exhibited in the coach house that forms part of the Jonkershuis complex. Groot Constantia Estate, Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town 7806 Open daily 10h00 to 17h00 Closed Workers’ Day and Christmas Day Tel: +27 (0)21 795 5140