South African National Gallery

Lonely Planet review

The impressive permanent collection of the nation’s premier art space harks back to Dutch times and includes some extraordinary pieces. But it’s often contemporary works, such as the Butcher Boys sculpture by Jane Alexander, looking like a trio of Lord of the Rings orcs who have stumbled into the gallery, that stand out the most. Also check out the remarkable teak door in the courtyard, carved by Herbert Vladimir Meyerowitz, with scenes representing the global wanderings of the Jews; his carvings also adorn the tops of the door frames throughout the gallery. There’s also a good shop with some interesting books and gifts.