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Iziko Rust en Vreugd

78 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
+27 21 464 3280
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Unkempt grounds but fascinating art (badly displayed)

The art inside this small museum is wonderful: images of South Africa and its peoples in the form... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
robdotinfo
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Cape Town, South Africa
Sad looking Museum

This Museum has lost it's character and is looking old and forgotten. No proper entrance from the... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Mike_G6308
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Goodwood, South Africa
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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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21 Jul 2017
“Unkempt grounds but fascinating art (badly displayed)”
18 May 2017
“Sad looking Museum”
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78 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 464 3280

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

The art inside this small museum is wonderful: images of South Africa and its peoples in the form of lithographs, drawings and watercolours, dating from the late 1600s to the early 1800s. The richness of the history captured in the images is wonderful – and...More

Thank robdotinfo
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This Museum has lost it's character and is looking old and forgotten. No proper entrance from the road, no signs,inside very dark.No no information on the exhibition . They should rather change into a period house.

Thank Mike_G6308
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...More

Thank KBofLB
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...More

Thank Luc V
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...More

Thank Brian D
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...More

Thank HilR
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...More

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