The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, formerly known as the King George VI Art Gallery, was opened on 22 June 1956 and renamed in December 2002. The collections are housed in two buildings framing the entrance to St George’s Park and consist of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British Art, International Printmaking and Oriental Art (including Indian Miniatures and Chinese Textiles).

Limited exhibition space requires the constant rotation of works of art from our Permanent Collection, and researchers wishing to see specific works not currently on exhibition are advised to do so by appointment. The Permanent Collection is supplemented by an active programme of temporary exhibitions.

Opening Hours:

The Museum is open 7 days a week, except 1 January, Good Friday, Freedom Day, Workers’ Day, Youth Day and Christmas Day.

Weekdays: 09h00 to 18h00 (closed Tuesday mornings)

Saturdays & Sundays: 13h00 to 17h00

Public Holidays: 14:00 to 17:00

First Sunday of the Month: 09h00 to 14h00

Upcoming Events:

28 January to 8 March – Framed

4 February to 13 May – Process Revealed: How artworks are made
22 February to 25 March – In Retrospect: Manfred Zylla

3 March to 6 May – George Milwa Mnyaluza Pemba (1912-2001)

15 March to 6 May – Ceramics Southern Africa (Eastern Cape) Annual Regional Exhibition
4 to 29 April – Who’s who and What’s new?
12 May to 24 June – Size Matters

17 May to 6 June – International Museum’s Day Exhibition

20 June to 15 July – In Praise of Vessels/Treasures


1 Park Drive, Central, Port Elizabeth


Phone: 041 506 2000

Fax: 041 586 3234


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