Museums & Galleries

For the Love of Art and Culture

Cape Town’s many museums and galleries not only entice culture and art lovers, but also families and couples searching for an indoor activity on a rainy day. Should you happen to be in town on the first Thursday of the month, don’t miss out on the “First Thursday” programme, when several galleries in Bree Street and its surrounds,  keep their doors open until late to showcase their pieces – so also great to combine with a night out in the Mother City.


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.

0.85 km – 10 min (on foot)
25A Albertus St & Buitenkant St, District Six

+27 (0) 21 466 7200


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.

1.2 km – 15 min (on foot)
Cnr. Darling and Buitenkant Street, City Centre

+27 (0) 21 787 1249


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.


0.8 km – 10 min (on foot)
25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens

+27 (0) 21 481 3800


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.

0.6 km - 7 min (on foot)
Government Road, Company’s Garden, Gardens

+27 (0) 21 481 3970


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.

0.5 km – 6 min (on foot)
88 Hatfield Street, Gardens

+27 (0) 21 465 1546


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.

10 km – 15 min (by car)
V & A Waterfront, Bascule Bridge

+27 (0) 87 350 4777


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.

3.7 km – 8 min (by car)
3rd Floor, Fairweather House, 176 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock

+27 (0)21 462 7573


Robben Island

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.

10 km – 15 min (by car)
V&A Waterfront, Quay 5, Jetty 1

+27 (0) 21 413 4200

6 Scott Street, Gardens,
Cape Town

Reservation Number:
+27 (0)21 462 71 97