Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
Northern Cape

You are only moments away

IIf you want to discover the rich and vibrant South African culture and how it has evolved over time, a trip to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in the Eastern Cape is definitely an eye-opening experience.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is home to an impressive collection, ranging from British and Oriental art to international printmaking and art from the local Eastern Cape. Even St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, the entrance to which you’ll find the museum, is a piece of art created by Mother Nature herself.

The limited exhibition space means that there is a constant rotation of artworks from the museum’s large, permanent collection. So there’s always something new to see at the gallery.

Did You Know?
TThe Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum was founded by the Port Elizabeth Municipality on the 22 June 1956Qing dynasty.

TThe permanent collection is mainly retrospective. The museum, however, features art from across the historical spectrum at its temporary exhibitions. Highlights from the permanent collection include works by renowned artists such as Henry Moore, David Hockney, Marc Chagall, Honore Daumier and Rembrandt van Rijn. The Orient is represented by a selection of Indian miniatures, Japanese wood-block prints and Chinese items from the Qing dynasty.

TThis art gallery has also collected artworks by prominent South African artists for over 50 years. Some of the gallery's recent contemporary acquisitions include works by some of South Africa's top artists, including Berni Searle, Conrad Botes, Diane Victor and Nicholas Hlobo.

One of the most interesting parts of the museum’s collection is the art that comes from the local area, representing the spirit of the Eastern Cape. Learn about the artistic history of the city and the province through some famous local artists, including Walter Battiss and George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba. The museum is also home to art projects like the award-winning Keiskamma Art Project, which is a rare treat.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth

Food
When to visit
How to get here

TThe gallery has now been incorporated into the Arts Precinct of Nelson Mandela Bay, where you can stroll through many arts venues including Route 67, Athenaeum, the Ron Belling Art Gallery and artEC.

Who to contact
How to get here
Best time to visit
Around the area
What will it cost
What's happening
Best buys

Related articles

Active adventure

Afriski - snowy slopes in Africa

Active adventure
Afriski - snowy slopes in Africa

Come play high in the Mountains of Africa, skiing and snowboarding, then relax in one of the bars at Afriski.

Active adventure

Travel tips for pets - the unconventional family members

Active adventure
Travel tips for pets - the unconventional family members

Often our pets are part of the family. For some people that extends to travelling with their pets.

Vibrant culture

South Africa’s top 10 cultural villages

Vibrant culture
South Africa’s top 10 cultural villages

Experience music, dance and food from across the country, as well as Tsonga crafts and Zulu beer-brewing; and don’t forget the magical clicking language of the San people.

Wildlife safari

Surgery and safari in South Africa

Wildlife safari
Surgery and safari in South Africa

When it comes to post recovery and recuperation, going on safari is a good choice.

Active adventure

Train journeys - an unforgettable experience with someone special

Active adventure
Train journeys - an unforgettable experience with someone special

What can beat that feeling of going to sleep with a Karoo moon in the sky outside, and waking up to a pot of fresh coffee, surrounded by Cape vineyards as the Blue Train makes her stately way into the Mother City?

Vibrant culture

Grahamstown - a town of artistic and academic expression

Vibrant culture
Grahamstown - a town of artistic and academic expression

Explore galleries and museums, and then relax at one of the restaurants and pubs set in the wide, tree-lined streets before setting off to enjoy one of the many plays on offer at the world-renowned National Arts Festival.

Sun-soaked coasts

Seven secret coastal towns in South Africa

Sun-soaked coasts
Seven secret coastal towns in South Africa

Everyone loves a little beach time and it’s even better if you don’t have to share it with a crowd.

Bustling city life

Quirky hotels - trailers, ox wagons, tree houses and even a castle (3)

Bustling city life
Vibrant culture

Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

Vibrant culture
Music of South Africa - discover the rhythmic heartbeat

The music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.

Active adventure

Fearfully great lizards - the hunt for dinosaur fossils

Active adventure
Fearfully great lizards - the hunt for dinosaur fossils

South Africa is one of the best countries in the world to view evidence of dinosaurs.

Vibrant culture

11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

Vibrant culture
11 South African drinks you’ll definitely love

From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.

Vibrant culture

Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

Vibrant culture
Shebeens – your uniquely South African local tavern experience

The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.

Wildlife safari

A safari adventure for the whole family

Wildlife safari
A safari adventure for the whole family

Taking your children on safari is an amazing adventure for the whole family to enjoy together.

Breathtaking scenery

Explore the verdant dappled light of South African forests

Breathtaking scenery
Explore the verdant dappled light of South African forests

Explore verdant dappled light of South African forests.

Sun-soaked coasts

The Sunshine Coast - bursting with adventure

Sun-soaked coasts
The Sunshine Coast - bursting with adventure

The Sunshine Coast is where you will find adventure, beautiful forests and quaint seaside hamlets – there’s something for everyone!

Sun-soaked coasts

South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches

Sun-soaked coasts
South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches

Whether you are a surfer or a sunbather, South Africa is home to the perfect beach for you!

Bustling city life

Explore South Africa’s top 10 vibrant cities

Bustling city life
Explore South Africa’s top 10 vibrant cities

From picturesque Cape Town and laid-back Durban to friendly Port Elizabeth and bustling Johannesburg, here’s a rundown of the top 10 cities.

Breathtaking scenery

Under an African sky - the Southern African Large Telescope

Breathtaking scenery
Under an African sky - the Southern African Large Telescope

You cannot visit the Northern Cape without going on a stargazing safari!

Breathtaking scenery

Explore the rugged, intensely beautiful mountain ranges of South Africa

Breathtaking scenery
Explore the rugged, intensely beautiful mountain ranges of South Africa

From the flattest to the tallest to the oldest to prettiest to the most dramatic,South African mountain ranges are astounding.

Wildlife safari

You've heard about the Big 5. Now meet the Big Seven!

Wildlife safari
You've heard about the Big 5. Now meet the Big Seven!

With two-thirds of our country surrounded by coastline, a trip to South Africa is not complete without seeing Southern Right whales and Great White sharks.

Breathtaking scenery

The Otter Trail - the trail of a lifetime

Breathtaking scenery
The Otter Trail - the trail of a lifetime

From your first steps to your last, with river crossings, lush forests, sandy beaches and breathtaking vistas, the Otter Trail will change your life.

Wildlife safari

Born to be wild at these top private game reserves

Wildlife safari
Born to be wild at these top private game reserves

Explore our fascinating wildlife ecology in the wide open, pristine and natural environments when you visit one of these phenomenal nature and game reserves.

Vibrant culture

Steve Biko Museum, a journey of remembrance and discovery through our struggle history.

Vibrant culture
Steve Biko Museum, a journey of remembrance and discovery through our struggle history.

The Steve Biko Centre is located in Ginsberg, King William's Town, Eastern Cape and entrance to the centre is free.

Vibrant culture

Fort Hare was the first university in South Africa to accept black students.

Vibrant culture
Fort Hare was the first university in South Africa to accept black students.

Fort Hare was the first university in South Africa to accept black students.

Copyright © 2018 South African Tourism
|Terms and conditions|Disclaimer|Privacy policy