Contact details

  • Old Town House, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town
  • Open daily from 09h00 to 16h00
  • Closed on Sundays, Workers' Day and Christmas Day
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3933
  • Adults R20
  • 6-18 years R10
  • SA Students and pensioners R10
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) R50
  • Under 5’s enter for free

Permanent Exhibitions

Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House


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.

Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House