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Martin Melck House

Cape Town, Western Cape

Martin Melck House, named after its first owner, is one of the oldest colonial homes in South Africa. Its history is intimately entwined with that of Cape Town itself. In 1764 Martin Melck, a Prussian mercenary in the service of the Dutch East India Company, retired and was granted the vacant lot. He employed the renowned French architect, Louis Thibault, to design the buildings and the German woodcarver, Anton Anrieth, to ornament the façade and the interior. The resulting neo-classical styled building is one of the finest remaining specimens of old Cape Town domestic architecture. The conversion of the building into the Gold of Africa Museum, which until recently exhibited a collection of African gold, has seen this historical monument take its place in the cultural fabric of the city and country.

The newly installed exhibition on the Life and Times of Nelson Mandela, adds a new and dynamic chapter to Martin Melck House. This groundbreaking exhibition of Nelson Mandela was developed by the Apartheid Museum. The exhibition attempts to breathe fresh life into a story that has been well told in countless books, documentaries and other exhibitions around the world.

Function facilities are available. Conveniently situated in the City centre, Martin Melck House has hosted many events in its spectacular (covered) courtyard and restaurant. Functions hosted in these spaces include corporate, government, NGO and other organisations’ events. It is also available for private functions, such as 21st birthdays and wedding receptions.

Contact Details:

021 405 1540


96 Strand Street, Cape Town

Opening & Closing Times:

9.30am-5pm (Mon-Sat). Open evenings from 6pm. <br>

R40 (adults); R30 (pensioners, students); R8 (learners in school groups)