Tag: Cape Town Museum

South Africa is much underrated when it comes to its artists. And as the past few years have largely ignored art and it’s mystifying, beautifying and calming effects that it can have on those making it and those who get to look at the art once it is complete, galleries have stood mostly empty and waiting for art connoisseurs and every day art appreciators alike to return.

If you are planning a Cape Town tour this year, and you want to learn more about what the locals are making in terms of art, then you need to know which art galleries and museums are going to be the best ones to visit. Cape Town is an artistic hub, with all sorts of artists drawn to the city’s more eclectic vibe and its encouraging artistic environment.

 

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And if you want to go to the best art galleries in the city, here are a few that you can add to your list.

  1. The Cape Gallery

On Church Street, you will see an old worldly sign that will point you to The Cape Gallery, one of the city’s oldest art galleries. A lot of the art here features a mix of paintings and sculptures, most of which display African culture and African landscapes. The exhibitions will stay on display for one month and often they are designed to accommodate just a single artist.

  1. Stevenson Gallery

This art gallery is a more contemporary one and you will find it in the fashionable suburb of Woodstock. Local artists appear alongside international ones and the artwork is generally critically acclaimed pieces. The art here is varied, covering all sorts of genres and styles.

  1. Everard Read

If what you really want is to exclusively view local artists, this is the gallery to head to. The gallery is displayed at the famous V & A Waterfront, and it features a range of artwork paintings and sculptures. The gallery has recently expanded to include a sculpture garden across the road.

  1. Goodman Gallery

With an art gallery up in Johannesburg and now one in Cape Town, the Goodman Gallery is one that is quite well known among South African art fans. The gallery focuses on displaying African art and most of the artworks are created by locals as well as artists further up in Africa. Often, the gallery also displays the artwork of international artists.

  1. South African National Gallery

Another of South Africa’s oldest art galleries, this is one of the best places to visit if you are looking for acclaimed art that includes every type of genre, from the fine art paintings, to photographs, textiles, beadwork, and sculptures. The gallery regularly changes up the art that it displays and it also changes the genres, giving you something new and beautiful to appreciate each time you go there.

As part of your Cape Town tour, a visit to a popular gallery is a must, even if art is not really your thing. Through the South African artworks that you observe, you will be able to get a better sense of the people who call this amazing country home.

Whenever you are exploring a brand new city, taking a step back in time and stopping off at a museum or two is one way to gain a whole new perspective of your destination while also having some more appreciation for what it took to build the area. This is an especially important thing to do when you are visiting any part of South Africa, because the history of this land and every city built on it is so complicated that it affects the layout of the city as well as the way of life of the city’s residents.

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s best known and most visited cities. Each year thousands of tourists, both locals and international visitors, will walk the streets, eat at the restaurants, explore the beaches and the natural attractions, and find themselves drawn into the history of the bustling urban and rural areas.

For those who are keen to learn more about the ins and outs of Cape Town as well as where this city started out, a stop at some of the city’s very best museums is going to be a must.

 

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  1. The Heart of Cape Town

Africa is often overlooked as a developing continent, but some of the most advanced medical breakthroughs have happened on South African soil. The very first heart transplant was done in Cape Town, under the leadership of Professor Christiaan Barnard, on the 3rd of December 1967. It was one of the greatest achievements of the era, and you can experience part of the thrill by embarking on a guided 3 hour tour of the museum built in honour of the amazing feat.

  1. Iziko South African Museum

This is one of South Africa’s oldest museums, having been built in 1825. The museum is home to some 1.5 million specimens of ancient fossils, rocks and stone tools, among other things, and it gives guests a unique look into what life was like in the country thousands of years ago. Iziko operates in 12 national museums, and if you want to save on costs if you visit on certain commemorative days, you don’t have to pay.

  1. Warrior Toy Museum

A place that is dedicated to all sorts of toys, covering a variety of models and themes, the Warrior Toy Museum is a great place for children and for those adults wanting to relive the nostalgia of the past. There are toys of all shapes and sizes to look at when here and there is also a small shop on the grounds where you can take a commemorative item home.

  1. 18 Gangster Museum

This is one of the most innovative museums that you will ever visit and it was built to inspire those who visit it to choose an alternative way of life, rather than falling into gangsterism that has become such a huge problem in the Cape. The entrance fee that you pay to visit is what allows the museum to open its doors for free to local children who can then learn about the dangers of becoming a gangster.

There are plenty of museums all around Cape Town and so to make the most of your trip, be sure to do a little more research and plan ahead. Alternatively, when booking your Cape Town tour, ask for advice about which museums are the best to visit.