Koopmans-de Wet House, Cape Town

Koopmans-de Wet House, Cape Town

Koopmans-de Wet House is a former residence and current museum in Strand Street, Cape Town. The house became part of the South African Museum in 1913 and was opened to the public on March 10, 1914. It was declared a National Monument under National Monuments Council legislation on November, 1 1940. It is the oldest house museum in South Africa.

The facade of the building speaks of strong Neoclassical influence, with four pilasters, the inner ones topped by a pediment. It dates from slightly before 1793 and has been attributed to the French architect Louis Michel Thibault, although this attribution has not been proven. The portal has a teak and plaster architrave, a shaped teak transom and projecting lantern. Banisters are of teak with stink-wood returns. The ceilings are of teak throughout.

The Koopmans-de Wet House has several rooms with original furnishing. These rooms are: drawing room, dining room, lower Hall, small sitting room, music room, morning room and kitchen, main bedroom, second bedroom.

Operation hours: Thursday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Koopmans-de Wet House
Sight Location: Cape Town, South Africa (See walking tours in Cape Town)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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