The Pretoria Art Museum’s collection policy has always focused on establishing a representative collection of local art. It hosts revolving exhibitions of work from its permanent collection, as well as regular temporary exhibitions by local artists, including urban and rural art, paintings, sculpture, graphics, tapestries, photographic prints and ceramics.

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The Pretoria Art Museum's collection was housed in the City Hall from 1930 until 1964.

The Pretoria Art Museum focuses on showcasing exceptional local art. Its permanent collection includes works by such legendary South African artists such as Pieter Wenning, Henk Pierneef, Frans Oerder, Anton van Wouw and Gerard Sekoto.

This art gallery's permanent collection also contains works from the Lady Michaelis Collection, international graphic art, 17th century Dutch paintings and pieces by artists such as Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Kathe Kollwitz and Salvador Dali.

The Pretoria Art Museum was established to house the City Council's growing art collection, which had been built up since the early 1930s. Its current building was constructed in the early 1960s.

From the start, this Pretoria museum took a strategic decision to concentrate on establishing a representative collection of local art and today, its permanent collection represents a comprehensive historical record of South African art.

Highlights from the gallery's permanent collection include several works by Walter Battiss, township street scenes by Gerard Sekoto and one of the biggest collections of Henk Pierneef's work, including paintings, drawings and graphic work such as woodcuts, linocuts and etchings. Among these are 18 paintings of early Pretoria that are an important part of the collection. The Pretoria Art Museum also has a number of post-impressionist and expressionist works by Maggie Laubscher and Irma Stern.

Today, the Pretoria Art Museum focuses on collecting urban and rural art that includes paintings, sculpture, graphics, tapestries, photographic prints and ceramics. It has several exhibition halls that host concurrent exhibitions from the permanent collection, as well as temporary local and international exhibitions.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

The Pretoria Art Museum
Tel: +27 (0)12 344 1807/8

How to get here

The Pretoria Art Museum is located on the corner of Schoeman and Wessels Streets in Arcadia, Pretoria. It is on the city's main bus route and there is plenty of parking available.

Best time to visit

The Pretoria Art Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 5pm.

Tours to do

Guided tours are available by prior arrangement.

What will it cost

Entrance to the museum costs R10 per person.

What's happening

A major new exhibition opens every three months. Also look out for the annual Sasol New Signatures exhibition, which profiles about 100 new works by promising young South African artists.

Best buys

The Centurion Art Gallery in Centurion, Pretoria, is the commercial arm of the Pretoria Art Museum where you can buy local art.

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