Tatham Art Gallery

Tatham Art Gallery information

Pietermaritzburg , South Africa
Chief Albert Luthuli St (Commercial Rd)
+27 33 392 2800
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Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun
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In keeping with Pietermaritzburg’s self-styled role as the ‘heritage city’, one of its finest sights, the art gallery, was started in 1903 by Mrs Ada Tatham. Housed in the beautiful Old Supreme Court, it contains a fine collection of French and English 19th- and early-20th-century works.

The ground floor has abstract depictions of South Africa's people and street scenes. It's as if the country's history is either too painful or too complex to be shown through realism. Upstairs is more formal, with portraits and landscapes sharing the wall space along with sculptures and colourful displays of ceramics and lithographs.