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AA Cape Town art tour will take you through the city's mix of historic art institutions and its trendy, edgy, art and design studios. From Kloof Street to Khayelitsha, you'll find artists and galleries that express the multiple identities that make-up cosmopolitan Cape Town.
Whether you book a Cape Town art tour with a company, use public transport or drive yourself, there are plenty of options for an art-inspired tour of the city.
The South African National Gallery at the heart of the Company's Gardens is a fitting place to begin exploring Cape Town's art galleries. It has over 1 000 works in its collection and hosts a dynamic programme of high-quality exhibitions.
Just a short walk away, the Old Town House is home to the Michaelis Art Collection, with its renowned selection of Dutch art from the 17th century. Also in the city centre, the Castle of Good Hope is home to the William Fehr Art Collection, an important visual representation of a particular time in the city's history. Historic Groote Schuur houses the Cecil John Rhodes Art Collection.
Moving out to the suburbs of Woodstock and Salt River, initiatives like the Stevenson Gallery and the Goodman Gallery are great examples of Cape Town’s innovative art scene.
AAlso visit the V&A Waterfront, where galleries like Everard Read represent a number of top local artists. Just up the drag is Cape Town’s new crowning jewel: Zeitz Mocaa Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Besides the collection, the building itself is an artwork to behold.
The Montebello Design Centre in Newlands houses a few artists studios, and the Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank is another art gallery that is rewarding to visit.
Other places of interest include private collections, such as Ellerman House in Kloof Road, which boasts works by Maggie Loubser, Irma Stern and William Kentridge.
Kalk Bay is home to dozens of small art galleries, shops and studios.
Round off your art tour with a visit to art hot spots in Khayelitsha, where Cape Town's vibrant township art scene adds yet another dimension to the city's artistic landscape.
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Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)86 132 2223
Iziko Museums of South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3800
Around the area
Look out for Cape Town’s public art, in particular a series of installations at the city’s various Integrated Rapid Transit System stops and along the Sea Point Promenade.
Tours to do
Contact Cape Town Tourism to find out more about specialised art tours of the city.
A number of important stops on Cape Town’s art scene lie in the city bowl. In the city this means that you can use the City Sightseeing Cape Town bus on both the Blue and Red routes, with most of the venues within easy walking distance. You can also arrange an organised tour or drive yourself around Cape Town’s art hotspots.
Cape Town hosts the annual Design Indaba, which includes an incredibly diverse creative conference, as well as exhibitions and events.