Cape Town Museums

The Iziko museum route consists of 12 museums and sites.
Iziko is an Xhosa word, meaning "a hearth".

The hearth of a typical African homestead usually occupies the central space - Iziko symbolises the centre South Africa’s diverse culture and heritage.

There are however other museums also to be found in the City and surrounding areas.



Cape Town also have some prominent art galleries which specialises only in artwork.
Sometimes however, the gallery doubles up as a museum and visa versa.

To see a summary of what is to be seen at the various museums and galleries, see below.

Iziko South African Museum Iziko National Gallery
Iziko Michaelis Collection Iziko Rust en Vreugd
Iziko Koopmans de Wet House Iziko Bertram House
Iziko Maritime Centre Association for Visual Arts Gallery
District Six Museum Museum Franschhoek Motor Museum
Gold of Africa Museum Irma Stern Museum
Rust en Vrede Gallery and Museum SA Jewish Museum
Stellenbosch Village Museum




Iziko South African Museum

This museum is well known for its huge natural science and social history collections.

Dinosaur exhibition, South African museum, Cape Town
Iziko National Gallery

South Africa's premier art museum housing an outstanding collection of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art.

South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Iziko Michaelis Collection

A world-renowned selection of Nederlandish art from the seventeenth-century including works by Frans Hals, Jan Steen and Jacob Ruisdal.

Michaelis Collection, Cape Town
Iziko Rust en Vreugd

The finest surviving example of eighteenth-century urban architecture housing the art on paper – prints, drawings and watercolours - of the William Fehr Collection.

Rust en Vreugd, Cape Town

Iziko Koopmans de Wet House

This house museum houses some of the best pieces of Cape furniture and silver and a priceless collection of ceramics.

Koopmans de Wet House, Cape Town
Iziko Bertram House

A collection of English porcelain, but also including fine examples of Chinese export porcelain. Also a superb collection of English Furniture.

Bertram House, Cape Town
Iziko Maritime Centre

An overview of shipping in Cape Town, the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour completed in 1885 by prisoners and warders of Breakwater Prison.

Maritime Centre, Cape Town
The Association For Visual Arts Gallery

A non-profit art gallery promoting the art and artists from the Western Cape.

The Association of Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town
District Six Museum

The District Six Museum, works with the memories of forced removals.

District Six Museum, Cape Town
Franschhoek Motor Museum

View more than 100 years of motoring history. From the 1898 Beeston Motor Tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar.

Franschhoek Motor Museum, Franschhoek
Gold of Africa Museum

The museum is home to a collection of West African gold artifacts and objects from the ancient civilisations of southern Africa.

Gold of Africa Museum, Cape Town
Irma Stern Museum

The permanent collection shows Irma Stern's development as an artist showcasing oils, water colours and gouache and charcoal works.

Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
Rust en Vrede Art Gallery and clay museum

The Clay museum contains a collection of South African ceramics and includes the Oude Meester Collection of Linn ware and ethnic pottery.

Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town
The South African Jewish Museum The South African Jewish Museum provides an engaging account of the South African Jewish history.

South African Jewish Museum, Cape Town
Stellenbosch Village Museum Four houses each representing a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch Village Museum, Stellenbosch

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