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Hundreds of works that tell some of South Africa’s stories populate the lofty walls and airy exhibit spaces of single-story Cape Dutch-style South African National Gallery. The art here starts before you enter – intricately-carved scenes on the Burmese teak courtyard doors were crafted by an early 20th century artist and British colonial administrator. Inside, similarly carved panels by the same artist, line entryways that lead to thousands of paintings, photographs, unusual sculptures, architectural elements, dyed and woven fabrics and written and sketched paper works –collections that span colonial history through the present day.

In addition to African, South African and apartheid art, the museum also has a large collection of British, French, Dutch and Flemish pieces. Perhaps the gallery’s most famous modern piece is the three alien-esque seated Butcher Boys crafted of plaster and animal horns by South African artist Jane Alexander.

In addition to its permanent collections, the space regularly hosts popular temporary exhibits by emerging and eminent local artists. Still, it’s possible to take in everything in about two hours. Afterward, the National Gallery’s setting affords a continuation for your pensive mood – many opt for a post-visit stroll in the adjacent (and free) Company’s Gardens with views of Table Mountain, a rose pond, 8,000 species of plants, fish pond and aviary.

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Open daily from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. except major holidays
Government Avenue, Cape Town, South Africa , 8000
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Cape Town City Pass including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Transport
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Cape Town City Pass including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Transport

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Plan your trip to Cape Town ahead of time by purchasing the Cape Town City Pass, which includes more than 70 of the city's top attractions and experiences. Depending on your schedule and budget, choose from a 2-, 3-, or 5-day pass, all of which come with a pocket guidebook and access to a digital app with maps and information. The pass also includes transportation on the city sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour bus, which makes it easy to get around town.
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Bites &Bikes - Inner City Cycle Tour ©

Bites &Bikes - Inner City Cycle Tour ©

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There's no better way to explore a city than by bike. If you don't know your way around, though, it can be quite intimidating and a little dangerous, especially in Cape Town. Ride with confidence during this 4-hour tour highlighting the city's best street art and coolest neighborhoods. Leave from central Cape Town in the morning to ride around Bo Kaap, District 6, and more.
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NEW: The Cape Town SmartPass, Save, Explore, See much more....

NEW: The Cape Town SmartPass, Save, Explore, See much more....

The Cape Town Smart Pass has been designed to make your sightseeing experience totally flexible and easy. Forget standing in line for individual attraction tickets and working with a currency you don't fully understand. Enjoy FREE entry to many Cape Town attractions, experiences and tours PLUS additional special offers at restaurants and adventure activities with this ultimate all-inclusive money saving Cape Town Pass. The Cape Town SmartPass provides free, single entry to all participating attractions for a set number of consecutive days i.e. 2, 3 or 5 days, for both adults & children. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND the option to include a full day personalized (live guide) Cape Peninsula Tour visiting such places as: Clifton Beach, Camps Bay and Twelve Apostles mountain range, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony. Full details of all the attractions and special offers included can be seen in the Cape Town Pass mobile app.
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Cape Town City Centre Walking Experience

Cape Town City Centre Walking Experience

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Explore Cape Town on foot and enjoy beautiful scenery combined with historic sites such as the Castle of Good Hope, built by the Dutch; Cape Town City Hall; the Grand Parade, where Nelson Mandela first addressed the nation as a free man after 27 years in jail; and Church Square, where slaves would wait for their owners under the slave tree. You’ll also pass by the Slave Lodge, devoted to the history and experiences of slaves and their descendants in the Cape; Greenmarket Square, with a daily crafts and souvenir market, surrounded by the Old Town House and art-deco architecture; St George’s Cathedral, known as the people’s cathedral for its role against Apartheid; and the Bo-Kaap, with its colourful houses and narrow, cobbled streets. You’ll also walk past the Western Cape High Court, Company’s Gardens, South African Museum, South African National Gallery, Old Synagogue, Houses of Parliament, St Mary’s Cathedral, and the District Six Museum, where the walk ends.
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What are South African National Gallery hours of operation?
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South African National Gallery hours of operation: Open daily from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. except major holidays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book South African National Gallery tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since South African National Gallery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit South African National Gallery 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to South African National Gallery costs USD 45.74. Guided South African National Gallery tours start around USD 45.74 per person.
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