Bertram House

Bertram House, Cape Town Museums

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

Bertram House, built in the style known locally as late Georgian, was extensively restored and furnished to give an impression of life in a well-to-do English home during the early years of the British occupation of South Africa.

It was built c. 1839 by the English immigrant and notary, John Barker, who named it in memory of his first wife, Ann Bertram Findlay.

The establishment of this museum, was largely the result of a bequest made by Winifred Ann Lidderdale, which forms the nucleus of the collection.
Mrs Lidderdale’s bequest comprises ten major collections of which the largest is porcelain, numbering 364 items.

Although the collection consists mainly of English porcelain, it includes fine examples of Chinese export porcelain.

It also includes a superb collection of English Furniture comprising 58 Georgian pieces. Most of the furniture dates from the latter half of the 18th century.

English Furniture in Bertram House, Cape Town Museums

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

Furniture in Bertram House, Cape Town Museums

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

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Open Monday and Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed Tuesday to Thursday, weekends and on public holidays.


021 481 3940

Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town

Bertram House, Cape Town Museums

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)


Visitors to the museum can enjoy the beautiful garden while enjoying the delicious African-infused meals on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Catch live performances on Wednesday evenings from 17h00.

Open from 07h00-22h00, Monday to Sunday.

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