Museums & Galleries
For the Love of Art and Culture
District Six Museum
This museum tells the stories of the forced removals and assists in the reconstitution of the District Six community. The collection offers a glimpse into the lives of the residents and the painful history they endured.
Castle of Good Hope
Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Visit attractions like the Military Museum, the William Fehr Collection and the Castle Forge. Guided horse and carriage tours are also available.
Iziko South African Museum
Founded in 1825, the museum moved to its present location in the historic Company Gardens in 1897. The museum houses over one million specimens of scientific importance including tools that are around 120,000 years old. Highlights include the recorded whale calls and the dinosaur dioramas.
Iziko South African National Gallery
This gallery houses an outstanding collection of African, British, French, Dutch & Flemish art. There are also temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture.
The South African Jewish Museum
The museum offers visitors a truly unique experience with its bold architectural design and engaging accounts of South African Jewish history. The displays are divided between two buildings, covering the general Jewish history and the Holocaust. The restaurant is worth a visit and there’s a jungle gym for children to play on.
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
Said to be the largest contemporary art gallery in all of Africa, this one-of-a-kind cultural institution is home to German-born businessman Jochen Zeitz’s incredibly diverse private collection of artworks and installations from the continent. The collection includes creations from the likes of Marlene Dumas, Nicholas Hlobo and Nandipha Mntambo.
Goodman Gallery Cape Town
The Goodman Gallery promotes contemporary South African art and focuses on artists from Mzansi, greater Africa, and other countries that engage in dialogue with the African context. Visitors can view a wide range of works here, from paintings and sketches, to photography and installations.
From the 17th to the 20th Century, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment to figures like Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African president, Nelson Mandela. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum – a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom. Ferries depart from Nelson Mandela Gateway, next to the Clock Tower Building, at the V&A Waterfront. It is recommended to make a booking for their popular guided tours.