Rust en Vreugd houses valuable Africana art collection

The historic Rust en Vreugd on Buitenkant Street was completed in 1778 on what was then the outer edge of Cape Town. It was originally the home of Willem Cornelius Boers, a high-ranking Dutch East India Company official. Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape, inhabited the house too. Its gates were imported from England in 1878.

The building served as a teachers’ training college a hundred years later, as a nursing college, as the Cape Town High School, and has been used as a gallery for the past sixty years. It reopened earlier this year after an extensive renovation.

The William Fehr Collection of watercolours, prints and drawings is housed in the gallery, a gift made by the artist to the people of South Africa.

Labotessa is located amongst beautiful historical buildings in Cape Town, and is a mere 850 meters from Rust en Vreugd. It is open on Thursdays and Fridays, from 9h00 – 16h00. Entrance costs R20.


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