Art galleries in Cape Town
South African stands proud as a significant contributor to the art world, both in a cotemporary context as well as historically. Not surprisingly, Cape Town has been, and remains home to much of the country’s phenomenal art talent. A great deal of the work produced is available to be both viewed and purchased from a wide variety of art galleries and museums across the city and in the surrounding areas.
Cape Town is not only a source of wonderful inspiration for artists and has been so for many years, but it is a well-recognized place to source superb local art. Everything from classic landscape views of the city and surrounds recreated in oils, to contemporary abstract art or sculptural genius explored in bronze, it is all here for you to enjoy.
Many of Cape Town’s artists are opening up their studio environments and inviting art lovers in to these creative spaces to provide the ultimate insiders view of the artist at work. There are also an increasing number of foundries opening up to the public to demonstrate the art of metalwork and sculpture. There are superb examples in Simon’s Town and Woodstock.
A comprehensive list of galleries
Cape Town Tourism has a comprehensive list of art galleries in and around the city, and there are bound to be a handful of options that will no doubt suit both your budget and your taste.
Your local hotel should also have information as to the whereabouts of some of the finer galleries.
- Phone: +27 (0)21 487 6800
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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