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The Pretoria Art Museum

Arcadia Park, Pretoria, South Africa
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Ranked #28 of 47 Attractions in Pretoria
Type: Art Museums
Description: White and black artists are represented at this fine museum, which contains over three thousand works.
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86 reviews 86 reviews
5 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We had a couple of hours to walk around Pretoria before our train. This gallery gave us an insight into South Africa artists from the past and today. I suspect it is underfunded as the building and facilities were a little shabby, but the artworks were very good and well presented, which, after al, is the whole purpose.

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Jeffreys Bay
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Not big by European standards, but definitely worth a visit. Some excellent and unique pieces on display. I was also lucky to catch the Corobrick display of some excellent sculpting. It drew quite a few "wow's" from some Dutch visitors.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I frequently visit the Museum. The drive there is beautiful, the ambiance inside very special. Although the permanent collection is not as vast as national counterparts- it's still worth the visit. A special slice of South African history. Be sure to take one of the guided tours if you are visiting from abroad.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The Art of Irma Stern and before is excellent but now few. I am afraid the Art since 1980 I felt belonged in a scrapyard and unfortunately is today 90 % of whats on display . Parking relatively safe and Gallery itself very safe.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

There is always different displays with very interesting works from around the world, it is a smallish meusem but has a lovely atmosphere

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I visited the museum since they had an exhibition of photographs of Johannesburg by Marc Shoul called Flatlands. Their permanent collection is pretty small, only a third of the entire museum. But I found some lovely landscape paintings from 19th century and also modern visual art all by South African artists. It is not like those museums in Europe etc... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

The Art Museum is certainly worth a visit. The displays - both permanent and temporary are worth looking at. The staff are friendly and helpful.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

Only African Ethnic art was on display. While this may be politically correct for South Africa, it is not very stimulating

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The Pretoria Art Museum contains an outstanding collection of South African art, including some exceptional pieces by artists such as William Kentridge, Norman Catherine, Gerard Sekoto, Gregoire Boonzaier, Cecil Skotnes, Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern and Pierneef. I only visited the museum for the first time recently when my daughter and I took time out to spend some quality time together.... More

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Great small museum with a very reasonable entry fee. There was a special exhibit of textile art when we visited and that was wonderful. There are some old Dutch Masters and other traditional art including sculptures and then there are very good exhibits of South African artists including resistance art from the struggle against apartheid. The museum is not large... More

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