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Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House

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Address: Old Town House 6 Greenmarket Square, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Situated in the hub of Cape Town on Greenmarket Square, the Michaelis...

Situated in the hub of Cape Town on Greenmarket Square, the Michaelis Collection is housed in the former City Hall (the Old Town House), which was built in 1755 in the Cape Rococo style. Donated by Sir Max Michaelis in 1914, the Michaelis collection consists of a world-renowned selection of Netherlandish art from the seventeenth-century Golden Age. There are works by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Anthony van Dyck and numerous others. The role played by building and collection in the cultural life of the Mother City is enhanced by its prominent position right in its historical centre on Greenmarket Square.

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A glimpse of the past preserved.

Lost next to the bustle of Greenmarket square is a quiet cool haven in a restored Old Cape Dutch "Town House". Here is the Michaelis Collection, and eclectic and unique... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 November 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Lost next to the bustle of Greenmarket square is a quiet cool haven in a restored Old Cape Dutch "Town House". Here is the Michaelis Collection, and eclectic and unique snapshot of visions past and present. Old Dutch masters (not you typical Rembrandts or Vermeers) jostle alongside hangings from the walls of the gentry of the Old Cape Colony. Sometimes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

For the art aficionados or those obsessed with Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and the Da Vinci Code, there is so much art in this ancient house for you to appreciate. The house itself has been well maintained by the museum administration that you feel transported through time. This is even intensified by the antique furniture and of course the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

Well worth a visit. It was a real thrill to see these masterpieces so close up, and at a R20 entrance fee there couldn't be any better value for money anywhere. The information cards next to the etches could do with a bit of a proofread, but overall this is a really nice exhibition. The only negative is the huge... More 

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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

An 18C Cape town house of lovely proportions, housing a collection of mostly 17C Dutch and Flemish paintings. Most of the paintings are pleasant without being outstanding, but there are a few gems and the museum is definitely worth the modest entry fee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

The Old Town House was built in the late 1750s - and claims to be the oldest two-storey building in South Africa. It is a wonderful example of how colonial cultures brought their pasts with them to new settings: the house itself could be in Leiden or the Hague or Amsterdam. It's a beautifully proportioned domestic-size public building, and the... More 

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