Old Town House & Michaelis Collection




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The first two-storey building ever to grace Cape Town's cityscape, this ornate 1761 Cape Rococo-style construction must have elicited quite a few oohs and aahs back in the day. Originating as a Burger Watch House and later used as a magistrate's court, police station and town hall, it was declared Cape Town's first art museum in 1914 after a very generous donation of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art was made by Sir Max Michaelis. The esteemed Michaelis collection features paintings by Dutch Golden Age masters including Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob Ruisdal and Frans Hals. When you're all arted out but find the thought of braving the bustling Greenmarket Square too much, step into the calm courtyard for a relaxed alfresco lunch.

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Old Town House & Michaelis Collection details

Old Town House, Greenmarket Square

Area Cape Town

Telephone 21 481 3933

Old Town House & Michaelis Collection website

Open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat.

Admission free; donation appreciated.

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