Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House

Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House information

Location
Cape Town , South Africa
Address
Greenmarket Sq, City Bowl
Getting there
Bus: Longmarket
More information
www.iziko.org.za/museums/michaelis-collection-at-the-old-town-house
Prices
admission R10
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Sat, Scotch Coffee House 7am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm Sat
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On the south side of Greenmarket Sq is the beautifully restored Old Town House, a Cape rococo building dating from 1755 that was once City Hall. It now houses the impressive art collection of Sir Max Michaelis. Dutch and Flemish paintings and etchings from the 16th and 17th centuries (including works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Anthony van Dyck) hang side by side with contemporary works – the contrasts between old and new are fascinating. The cool interior is a relief from the buzzing market outside, while the Scotch Coffee House in the leafy courtyard behind is worth considering for a drink or light lunch.