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Michaelis Collection at the Iziko Old Town House

Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, 8001, South Africa
+27 (0)21 481 3933
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Ranked #124 of 181 attractions in Cape Town
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 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 stars Reviewed January 6, 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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