The legendary city of Cape Town offers you a rich history of 350 years that can be traced in its museums and historical landmarks.
South African Museum
Founded in 1825, the South African Museum is the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa. Exhibitions, designed to educate, stimulate and entertain, include the only preserved specimen in Africa of the extinct quagga, dioramas depicting the mammal-like reptiles of the Karoo and some of the finest examples of rock art in the world, including the Linton painting.
The essence of the museum is found in the great diversity of specimens exhibited. Housed in a magnificent old building to which modern facilities have been added, it showcases the natural history of South Africa, as well as the early human inhabitants of the sub-continent.
This is the only museum in South Africa with an adjoining planetarium, with regularly changing daily shows, and an experience not to be missed.
25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens
Tel: 021 424 3330
Fax: 021 424 6716
Other places of interest that are definately worth visiting as well, includes Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Groote Schuur, the Castle of Good Hope, the Old Town House, the City Hall, Houses of Parlaiment, Greenmarket Square and the Grand Parade.
The following other museums are worth exploring while in Cape Town:
Bertram House - (Government Ave, Gardens.) patrician red-brick Georgian Townhouse, with a rich collection showing the English way of life in the mid-19th century Cape Town.
Bo-Kaap Museum - (71 Whale St, Cape Town.) one of the oldest houses in a vibrant "Malay Quarter", exhibiting the style of life of a Cape Muslim family of the late 19th century.
District 6 Museum - (25A Buitenkant St, Cape Town.) celebration of the vibrant way of life of a community removed in the infamous incident of Group Areas Act during south Africa's apartheid era.
Chavonnes Battery Cannon Museum in the V A Waterfront that takes you back into Cape Town of 280 years ago.
Jewish Museum - (Government Ave, Gardens.) Cape Town's first synagogue in Byzantine-revival style tells of the original jewish community.
Josephine Mill - (Boundary Rd, Newlands) 1840 fully operational mill with a massive waterwheel, an important exhibit of the industrial past; also Treshers Restaurant.
Koopmans De Wet House - (35 Strand St, Cape Town.) a superb collection contained in an eloquently patrician Cape Dutch Townhouse.
Michaelis Collection - (Old Town House, Greenmarket Square.) Cape Town's first City Hall, a superb baroque building with a outstanding collection of Dutch and Finnish old masters.
SA Airforce Museum - (Air Force Base, Ysterplaat.) a comprehensive collection of military and rescue aircraft and paraphernalia.
SA Cultural History Museum - (49 Adderley St, Cape Town.) a former slave lodge of the Dutch East India Company, now holding collections from other civilisations and superb exhibitions of diverse peoples making up the Cape foundation.
SA Fisheries Museum - (West Quay Rd, V&A Waterfront.) the South African commercial fishing industry explained in detail.
SA Maritime Museum - (Dock Rd, V&A.) - the exploration of maratime archeology, shipping, harbours and the romantic days of sail and mailships.
SA National Gallery - (Government Ave, Gardens.) the country's premier art museum has a constantly engaging exhibition of South African and international art.
SA Sendingstigting Museum - (40 Long St, Cape Town.) an immaculately restored building, housing the story of missions and missionary work in the Cape.
William Fehr Collection - (at the Castle and Rust-en-Vreugd, Cape Town.) Cape Town, well illustrated through this superb collection of furniture, ceramics, silver and artworks, as well as early pictorial records.
The Heart of Cape Town Museum (Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory) honours all those who played a major role in the worlds first heart transplant led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard - a surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life our human heart.
Where to Stay
Cape Town Accommodation options are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the Peninsula.
Cape Town Things to Do
Cape Town offers a myriad of Cape Town Things to Do and places to see, whatever your tastes, inclinations or budget.