South African National Gallery
This leading art museum houses outstanding collections of African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art dating from the colonial to the modern era, and includes paintings, photography, sculpture, architecture, beadwork, textiles and works on paper. These collections are at times complemented by visiting exhibitions.
The collections on exhibit change regularly as it’s not possible to showcase everything at once.
In 1990 the Bead Society of Southern Africa was launched at the gallery, and since then the gallery has done a great deal in collecting beadwork that expresses African culture. Beadwork is an important form of artistic expression among South African women.
The gallery is open Monday to Sunday, from 10h00 to 17h00. Entry fee for adults is R30; pensioners and students R15; and visitors 18 years and under R15.
Parking, access for disabled people, a gift shop and conference facilities are available.
- Phone: +27 (0)21 481 3970
- Website: http://www.iziko.org.za
- Physical Address: Government Avenue, Company's Garden, Cape Town
Martin Melck House is one of the oldest colonial homes in South Africa named after its first owner. Its history is intimately entwined with that of Cape Town itself.
PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY
This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline. Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years. The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.
This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.
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