Cape Town Museums

Cape Town Museums vary considerably from excellent to poor. So to assist you in making a choice which museum to visit, here is my top 10 list of favorite museums in Cape Town (In alphabetical order):

  1. Diamond Museum
  2. Franschhoek Motor Museum
  3. Heart Museum
  4. Medical Morphology Museum
  5. Rupert Museum
  6. Simons Town Museum
  7. Stellenbosch Village Museum
  8. South African Air Force Museum
  9. South African Museum
  10. Worcester Museum

Below is a complete list of museums in Cape Town.

City Centre Museums Waterfront Museums Outlying Museums

Museums in or near Cape Town Central 

Bertram House

A collection of English porcelain, Chinese export porcelain and English Furniture.

Bo-Kaap Museum

Tells the story of the local Islamic culture and heritage.

District Six Museum

Dedicated to the memories of forced removals.

Gold of Africa Museum

A collection gold artifacts from ancient civilisations of Southern Africa.

Koopmans de Wet House

Cape furniture and silver and a priceless collection of ceramics.

Maritime Centre

An overview of shipping in Cape Town including the earliest model of Table Bay harbour.

Michaelis Collection

Nederlandish art from the seventeenth-century.

National Gallery

An outstanding collection of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art.

Rust en Vreugd

An example of eighteenth-century architecture housing  the William Fehr Collection.

Slave Lodge

Exhibits aim to increase awareness on human rights, equality, peace and justice.

The South African Jewish Museum

Provides an engaging account of the South African Jewish history.

South African Museum

Huge natural science and social history collections.

Museums in or near the V&A Waterfront

Cape Medical Museum

The medical history of both western and traditional medicine at the Cape.

Chavonnes Battery Museum

Cape Town’s second oldest major fortification.

Diamond Museum

Pays tribute to the diamond from when it is formed to when it is worn.

Robben Island Museum

An island tour and a tour of the prison museum with a former prisoner as your guide.

Museums outside Cape Town Central

Franschhoek Motor Museum

A 200 vehicle museum with eighty vehicles on display in four special halls.

Heart Museum 

Celebrates the drama of the world’s first heart transplant in 1967.

Irma Stern Museum

A permanent collection showing Irma Stern's development as an artist showcasing her works.

Medical Morphology Museum

Dedicated to a better understanding of human and animal diversity.

Rupert Museum

Over 350 works in the unique private art collection of Anton and Huberte Rupert.

Rust en Vrede Art Gallery and clay museum

A South African collection of ceramics, Linn ware and ethnic pottery.

Sasol Art Museum

A collection of sculptures, paintings, ceramics and graphics  from the 19th and 20th century.

Simons Town Museum

This museum showcases the history of Simons Town and its people.

South African Airforce Museum

Gives one an insight into the history and traditions of the SAAF.

Stellenbosch Village Museum

Four houses, each representing a different period in the development of Stellenbosch.

Toy & Miniature Museum

Hhouses a collection of miniatures, antique dolls and other miniature toys.

Worcester Museum

A cultural history museum with a strong focus on agriculture.

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