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The Best Museums in Cape Town

Don’t waste time wondering where to start during your stay in cape Town self-catering accommodation. If you’re after a fun and entertaining way to spend an afternoon, head for these awesome museums in Cape Town.

1. Zeitz MOCAA
This new addition to the Cape Town waterfront has got it all going on. The Zeitz MOCAAbuilding itself is an architectural masterpiece, constructed out of an historic grain silo. It’s located on prime V&A Waterfront real estate and is filled with 100 galleries that are in turn packed with Africa’s most exciting artworks.

2. Iziko South African Museum
This is the oldest museum in South Africa and is every bit as appealing as it was on opening day in 1825.

Inside these hallowed spaces you’ll find over 1.5 million specimens and priceless historic artefacts collected over the last 200 years. These include fossils, lifelike displays, the complete skeleton of a blue whale and geological iniquities.

Iziko operates another 11 museums in and around Cape Town, each with its own charms. These are: 

  • Planetarium and Digital Dome
  • South African National Gallery
  • Old Town House
  • Slave Lodge
  • Groot Constantia Manor House
  • Bo-Kaap Museum
  • Bertram House Museum
  • Koopman’s-de Wet House
  • Maritime
  • Rust & Vreugd
  • The Castle of Good Hope

Some of these offer an added bonus of free admission on selected public holidays.

3. Norval Foundation

Located in the Steenberg Wetlands, the Norval Foundationis a favourite among local and international art enthusiasts. The big attractions here are the landscaped sculpture gardens, expansive library, outdoor amphitheatre and art galleries bursting with exciting artworks.

The onsite bar and restaurant, Skotnes, boasts outstanding views of the mountains and gardens and is the perfect pitstop for a nibble or a tipple during your explorations

4. Warrior Toy Museum
Take a nostalgic trip back in time, and back to your youth at this amazing collection of toys in Simon’s Town. This fascinating emporium features toys of every shape and size and is a great destination for visitors of all ages.

From Meccano to miniature trains, you’ll find it all here. You can also get your hands on replicas of some of these old timers at the on site shop.

5. The Franschhoek Motor Museum
If you prefer to gawk at life size versions of the world’s most classic cars, a trip to Franschhoek is in order. Not only can you wine, dine and indulge in pastoral pursuits, you can also get a gander at over a 100 years of motoring history at the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

Model Ts, Alfa Romeos, Rolls Royces, Ferraris and more are all showcased in this incredible collection.

More Attractions

With its long interesting history and strong emphasis on tourism, you’ll find no shortage of things to inspire and intrigue you in Cape Town. Other museums for your consideration include:

  • 18 Gangster Museum
  • Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome
  • District Six Museum
  • Castle of Good Hope Military Museum
  • Slave Lodge Museum
  • First South African Perfume Museum
  • Cape Town Science Centre
  • Robben Island Museum
  • Cape Town Holocaust Centre

A world of fun and entertainment awaits at Cape Town museums and beyond. Book your Cape Town self-catering accommodation now and start planning your explorations.

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