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Address: 78 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 464 3280
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The house was built by a high-ranking Dutch VOC official, Willem Cornelis...

The house was built by a high-ranking Dutch VOC official, Willem Cornelis Boers, in 1777/8 as a townhouse for the VOC Fiscal. The imposing three-storey house is regarded as the finest surviving example of an 18th century Cape Dutch townhouse. The delicately carved Rococo styled fanlight above the main door has been ascribed to the German-born sculptor, Anton Anreith.Declared a Heritage Site in 1940, it is set in period-styled garden that was recreated in 1986 from the original layout. In 1965, William Fehr donated his private collection of works of art on paper (watercolours, prints and drawings) to the people of South Africa. This gift is housed at Rust en Vreugd. Due to the sensitive nature of artworks on paper, only a selection of works is on exhibition.

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Collection of paintings are an interesting insight in to the history and geography of Cape Town. Rooms are too dark to get the full value of the landscapes without staining your... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 April 2015
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Kent, United Kingdom

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

This was a disappointing visit. There are a few paintings which illustrate the history of Cape Town, but the rooms are too dark to enable them to be properly appreciated. From the outside the architecture looks interesting but I was surprised to find that only a couple of rooms were open to the public. The parterre garden was not as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015

A beautifully restored colonial house, the Rust en Vreugd features ancient historical architecture and also various period pieces and paintings that symbolize South Africa's colonial past. The excellently restored house also shows off the beautifully manicured garden that never ceases to please the eyes. All in all the museum is a must visit especially for historians and colonial art afficionados.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2015

Collection of paintings are an interesting insight in to the history and geography of Cape Town. Rooms are too dark to get the full value of the landscapes without staining your eyes. However, I did enjoy a number of the local historical skylines and indigenous settlements. The gardens were interesting given their location, which is very built up. Worth a... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2014

This has the potential to be a really interesting attraction, a fine example of old Cape Dutch architecture. Sadly the new political Regime does not think that anything associated with the old Colonial past is worth preserving, irrespective of its artistic merit. The building is in a poor state of repair and the contents dreary. The gardens are lovely.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

This Gem of a building in Buitenkant street central Cape Town, is just crying out for some attention. The Art collection found downstairs are dull and dreary! Needs to have better lighting and the staff need to be a bit more jacked up. The BIG plus point of the whole experience is the wonderfully laid out garden and cute little... More 

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