Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, Diamond Fields, Northern Cape Province.

One of the finest art museums in South Africa.   It was opened in 1952 and named after its principal benefactor, William Benbow Humphreys (1889-1965), at one time the Member of Parliament for Kimberley.   In 1948 he donated a substantial portion of his personal collection of 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings, antique furniture and objet d’art.   This gift, together with South African works brought together by members of the art section of the Kimberley Athenaeum and the Max Greenberg Bequest, formed the nucleus of the collection.  It is augmented by the Humphreys Loan Collection, which is on indefinite loan from De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited. More recently the Meyer Collection of European and Oriental porcelain and the Lawson Collection of old master drawings and prints have been acquired.   At present the gallery concentrates on South African works of art – paintings, sculpture, graphic works, ceramics, traditional South African works and rock engravings from sites in the Kimberley area.   These engravings are on permanent loan from the McGregor Museum.  Displays by artists such as Oerder, Bowler, Orpen and Kumalo.

It has grown considerably since its inception in 1952.  Three additional display halls were built between 1956 and 1965.  The most recent extensions, completed in 1980, almost doubled its size and provided facilities such as well-equipped storage space, an auditorium and offices as well as additional display areas.  Guided tours by request. Free parking. Open from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00 Mondays through Saturdays and from 14h00 to 17h00 on Sundays and Public Holidays. An admission fee is payable every day except Wednesdays.

Kimberley is on the N12 northeast of Britstown, which is at the intersection of the N12 with the N10. BGWilliam.

Contct:                 Box 885 Kimberley 8300
+27 (531) 81 1724 telephone
+27 (531) 2 2221 fax


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