Zeitz MOCAA
Zeitz MOCAA
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a public not-for-profit institution that collects, preserves, researches and exhibits contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora; conceives and hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational, discursive and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and strives towards access for all. The museum’s galleries feature rotating temporary exhibitions with a dedicated space for the permanent collection. The institution also includes the Centre for Art Education, the Centre for the Moving Image and The Atelier, a museum residency programme for artists living and working in Cape Town.
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  • Reshmie R
    Bangkok, Thailand6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and well worth the visit
    Absolutely worth the time and money. The building itself it gorgeous and the art by various African artists is impressive, uplifting and inspirational. You can easily spend a couple of hours here, taking everything in. Must see when you’re in Cape Town
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Kalkan White
    Kalkan, Türkiye11,190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I can understand the bad reviews but!
    As a modern art gallery, this place is a joke, with little to no art inside & an entry fee of 250 Rand! It is however a stunningly, beautiful building & is worth the entry fee to see inside. The fact that the only real art you see is in the gift shop as you exit is very strange, but I am glad we visited.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Venture593520
    West Kirby, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting informative cultural
    My husband is an artist and sculptor and will always enjoy a gallery visit and I am happy to accompany him. What made this visit so good was the tour and talk by the in house art historian Rory. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of the building and the art he kept the group captivated for an hour. If you visit the gallery do attend the tour. The building is the star attraction and as an old granary seeing the roof where the old silos where is fascinating. The cafe is great food and good value.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2024
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CanadianTraveler1948
Toronto, Canada14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I've visited twice now, on two separate trips to Cape Town. This is a must-see to get a taste of contemporary African art, though the collection is small and too much contemporary art just doesn't do it for me! Still, it is a reasonable survey of what's being created across the southern half of the continent if the special exhibitions are worthy.

I don't think I'd have gone a second time were it not for the Kentridge show, a retrospective of the work of the country's preeminent white artist, now increasingly being seen outside the country. Worth it if you are familiar with his work, and particularly his environmental parade rooms.

Like too many contemporary art museums I've visited (and I've visited most of them on my travels around the planet), the building tends to overwhelm the art. In this case, it's the conversion of an old flour mill into exhibition spaces.

The restaurant on top now has its liquor license but be forewarned you must reserve at table in advance. However, the rather snooty hostess didn't bother to tell us this when we first checked it out upon our arrival around 11a to enquire if it was now licensed (which it wasn't a year ago when the museum first opened). We returned after touring the museum around 1p and only then were asked if we had as reservation and told we couldn't get in. Not very welcoming!
Written March 5, 2020
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Hi Canadian Traveler, thank you for your feedback and for visiting the museum on both of your trips. We take the experience of all our guests seriously and have picked this up internally. We’d like to apologise for any behaviour that might have felt disrespectful. We hope that you’re able to return to the museum in future for a better experience. Warm wishes, The Zeitz MOCAA Team.
Written March 10, 2020
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Liesl R
Cape Town, South Africa7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The architecture and what they have achieved with this old building is amazing and totally worth seeing, but it is the only art work worth seeing. The exhibitions were totally underwhelming and not worth the R200 entry fee. Sure, they may change it from time to time, but what was there when we visited: don't bother. Some may appreciate the William Kentridge exhibition, but we found it disturbing and bordering on the psychotic. Also not allowed to take drinking water into the exhibitions, so quench your thirst before entering. Rather visit the Iziko South African National Art Gallery in Government Avenue, Gardens. It is R30 per entry and far more satisfying - we especially appreciated the latest audio exhibition for rape survivors.
Written January 20, 2020
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Hi Liesl. Thank you for your review. Our exhibitions change every 6 months and hopefully, on your next visit to the Zeitz MOCAA you will find artworks that interest you.
Written February 6, 2020
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Ockert M
Pretoria, South Africa975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) collects, preserves, researches and exhibits 21st-century art from Africa

The current big exhibition is the “ Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work is a major exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist, William Kentridge.

This exhibition is considered the largest exhibition held in Africa sofar. the size The curator is exhibiting the work in two parts, and is spread over the 3 floors of the museum.
Written January 9, 2020
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Hi Ockert, thank you for recommending Zeitz MOCAA. We are glad to hear that you had an awesome experience. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum again soon
Written January 13, 2020
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krysiatennis
London, UK18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A very disappointing experience all round. We chose to visit the museum on the last day of a month long trip in South Africa. After purchasing our ticket we were advised to start on the 6th floor and work our way down. On the 6th floor was a restaurant and toilets. Doors to the exhibitions were closed. We were advised to go down a floor. On the 5th floor there was no obvious route to follow and staff were not helpful. The art was poorly displayed and reminded us of a school exhibition rather than a world class museum. Other floors were no better. Indeed yet another floor was undergoing refurbishment and although we had access there was debris all over the floor, ladders and litter everywhere. At one point we were directed through a staff canteen area and storage area. All exhibitions were poorly curated and badly labelled and signposted. Staff although polite, were there merely to guard rooms rather than direct or offer advice. This building itself is amazing, as is the location. There is such artistic talent throughout Africa but non of it was reflected here. There must be artists clamouring to exhibit in such a world class venue but clearly the curators are not up to the task. The museum shop was messy and did not reflect any of the exhibits. A large poster at the exit reflected our experience, featuring the word ‘Dismay’ in bold letters. We should have asked for a refund it really was not worth it.
Written March 25, 2023
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Robin360
Los Angeles, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Contemporary, revolving exhibitions. I have to blast though it because I got there late in the day; it was still worth it. I thought I would just wind my way through all of the rooms, but got caught up in this amazing video/visual mixed-media room and plopped down on a bean bag chair for about 30 minutes. I'll go again next trip and get there earlier. Recommended.
Written March 15, 2020
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Thank you for recommending Zeitz MOCAA. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum again soon.
Written April 1, 2022
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RudolphMW
Geneva, Switzerland141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
On a visit this year with family me and my partner made it to the Gallery. And wow what a building. I will say when the scan your ticket the person should say that the exhibition starts on the 3rd floor. I know it’s in the lift but not very big. As all people I got in the lift went first to the 6th floor. The space is great and the guards on the floors guide you to the correct doors. I am not sure why people do not know William Kentridge. I research him. Just as I will do with artist in Paris or London. There name might not be well know but the influence is great. Some art piece I liked and some I did not like. Like all artists. As to all people that complained about his art. Why did you go see it. You could wait till this year for the next exhibition. I think for the first modern art Galley in Africa to open its doors and looks so amazing. Well done with keeping the silos.
Written February 12, 2020
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Hi Rudolph, thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you had a great experience at Zeitz MOCAA. The art on the 6th floor is called the Cosmic Alphabet which is why we suggest starting on floor 6 to our guests. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written February 14, 2020
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Catherine B
Greater London, UK156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Zeitz MOCAA is perfectly situated next to the V&A bridge.
It is spacious and clean.
More importantly it has a wide range of Africa Art all of which is thought-provoking and most visually appealing. It is a treat to see such wealth of African Art in one building!
Kudos to the artists, curators and supporters of the MOCAA!
Don’t leave Cape Town without visiting Zeitz MOCAA!
Written January 7, 2020
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Hi, thank you for recommending Zeitz MOCAA. We are glad that you had an engaging and positive experience. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum again soon.
Written January 8, 2020
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Been a few places
Epsom, UK1,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I came to the Zeitz MOCAA for the architecture alone. The conversion of an old grain silo into an art museum is spectacular and a visit just to appreciate the building is a warranted.

There was no queue for entry soon after opening during the week which meant the gallergy spaces could be appreciated in peace. On entering you come first to an atrium which is made of the old grain chimney and features a tapestry made of bottle tops. Best way to appreciate the museum is to head to the roof for views, to check out more architecture (of the Silo hotel) and a look down through the atrium. You can then take the stairs down to view the various galleries on the different flours. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the musuem and enjoyed much of the art too. Be sure to walk around the outside of the building as it will make you better appreciate the inside!
Written January 23, 2020
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Hi H75travel. We are so glad to hear that you had an amazing experience at the museum and enjoyed the art and architecture. Thank you for recommending Zeitz MOCAA. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum again soon.
Written February 6, 2020
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Gangers&Ash
London, UK229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The architecture of the building is beautiful - a very interesting space to hold an interesting exhibition of William Kentridge’s work.
We were advised to start from the top floor and work our way down. The art installations are quite haunting and thought provoking - a reminder of the colonial past and how it should not be forgotten in a modern era.

I didn’t really understand the more abstract pieces, and so don’t think it’s fair to comment negatively on what the artists were trying to express. Definitely one for lovers of modern, contemporary art which has a dark tone.
Written January 29, 2020
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Hi Gangers_and_ash. We are so glad to hear that you had an amazing experience at the museum. Thank you for recommending Zeitz MOCAA. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum again soon.
Written February 6, 2020
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London traveller
London, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It’s got some challenging stuff but what an amazing building, great new and upcoming artists show their stuff and fun collections. Well worth while- you need 2 hours to do it justice. Start at the top and work your way down
Written February 14, 2020
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Hi YRTP. Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you had a great experience at Zeitz MOCAA and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Written March 10, 2020
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