Throughout the second half of 2021, renovators and restorers were busy at work on Iziko's house museum, Rust en Vreugd – returning this 18th century home to its former glory.
Rust en Vreugd, originally built as a home for Willem Cornelius Boers – a high-ranking official in the Dutch East India Company – was built on Cape Town's outer limits; hence the name of the street it is located on, Buitenkant (outer edge).
In 1878, the house was bought by the Dutch Reformed Church and served as a teachers’ training college; the Cape Town High School occupied the property from 1925–1957; and in the early 1960s it was restored and converted into a gallery space. And the building, built between 1777 and 1778, has this year undergone restorations that have converted it into one of Cape Town's premier museums.
Rust en Vreugd houses artworks on paper from the William Fehr Collection, and is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays between 09h30 and 15h30.
Under Level 1, Iziko Museums of South Africa is open daily from 09h30 until 15h30 – please visit www.iziko.org.za for more detailed information. When visiting Iziko Museums, your health and safety, and that of our staff, is of utmost importance. Please note that there are Covid-19 protocols in place to ensure the safety of both staff and visitors; we thank you for all your efforts in maintaining social distancing to keep both yourself and us safe.
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