- Baroque Meets Modern
Ongoing exhibitionPERMANENTThe Iziko Michaelis Collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings has been hung to resemble the way it was hung in Dutch homes in the 1600's. More info
In this glorious historical building, its walls covered with precious masterpieces by Frans Hals, Ruisdal and others, ideal venues for stylish corporate receptions are offered. The rooms are also suited to chamber music concerts and other cultural events. Outdoor receptions in the picturesque courtyard behind the building can also be accommodated. These venues are often used for film shoots and wedding photographs.
Greenmarket Square, Cape Town
Capacity and configuration
|Frans Hals Room||25||25||25||16m x 5,3m||4,5m|
|Van Dyk Room||25||25||25||16m x 5,3m||4,5m|
|Downstairs Large Gallery||200||110||9m x 5,5m||4,5m|
Please note the following:
- No marquees are allowed at any of the Iziko venues
- Conditions apply
- Tariffs on request
- Only email applications will be considered
Open: Mondays to Saturdays from 10h00 to 17h00
Closed: Sundays, Workers' Day and Christmas Day
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3933
Address: Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town
6-18 years R10
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children, 6 years & older): R 50
SA students & pensioners (on provision of valid student/pensioner card): R 10
School groups (booked): R 5
School groups (unbooked): R 8
Under 5’s enter for free
*SA students and pensioners enter free on Fridays on provision of valid cards
*ICOM and SAMA members enter free on provision of valid cards
*50% discount for kids accompanying an adult during local school holidays
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About the Museum
Situated in the hub of Cape Town on Greenmarket Square, the Michaelis Collection is housed in the former City Hall (the Old Town House), which was built in 1755 in the Cape Rococo style.
Donated by Sir Max Michaelis in 1914, the Michaelis collection consists of a world-renowned selection of Netherlandish art from the seventeenth-century Golden Age. There are works by Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Anthony van Dyck and numerous others.
The role played by building and collection in the cultural life of the Mother City is enhanced by its prominent position right in its historical centre on Greenmarket Square. But this role also continues after-hours, as the popular venue for chamber-music concerts and lectures on a variety of cultural topics, meetings by cultural organisations and receptions in the Van Dyck and Frans Hals Rooms or in the intimate courtyard behind the building.
And, in addition to the permanent collections, there is a consistent flow of special, temporary exhibitions widening the scope of the museum to cater for the cultural interests of all Capetonians and tourists alike. Thus, the Michaelis Collection in the Old Town House has become a place to which to return from time to time.