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The Art Museum

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, formerly 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 Art Museum is open 7 days a week, except 1 January, Good Friday, Freedom Day, Workers' Day, Youth Day & Christmas Day.

Weekdays: 09h00 - 18h00 (Closed Tuesday mornings);  Saturdays, Sundays: 13h00 - 17h00; Public Holidays: 14:00 - 17:00; First Sunday of the month: 09h00 - 14h00

Please note: From 1 June - 31 August 2011, the closing times from Monday to Friday will be 17h00. 

Last admission is 10 minutes before closing time.  Clearance of the exhibition halls begins 5 minutes before closing time.  Essential work may necessitate closing certain exhibition halls without notice.  Admission is free, except for events with advertised fees.


1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0)41 5062000 / Fax: +27 (0)41 5863234

Information Desk

Visitors are requested to leave umbrellas, parcels and bags at the information desk.  First Aid Kits are situated at the Information Desks.  Please ask staff on duty for assistance.

Works at Risk

Visitors are asked not to touch works of art on exhibition as physical contact and grease from hands damage their vulnerable surfaces.  DO NOT SMOKE, EAT OR DRINK in the museum.


The nearest payphones are in St George's Park.

Facilities for the Disabled

The Art Museum welcomes people with disabilities. There is a parking bay for the disabled outside the Arts Hall and wheelchair ramps leading to both entrances.  A wheelchair is available on request.

Small Children

Visitors with babies are invited to leave prams at the Information Desks.  Children in pushchairs may be taken into the Art Museum under supervision.  All children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Photography, Videos and Sound Recordings

You may take photographs for private purposes only.  Please use a hand-held camera without a flashlight. Applications for the use of a tripod, power pack, lights, extension cables, video cameras, recording equipment or any other electronic equipment must be made in advance in writing to the Director.  A small fee may be charged.

Public Transport

Buses: City - Rink Street - Greenacres, every 30 minutes.  For further information please contact Algoa Bus Co. (Pty) Ltd on 041 404 1200.


There is no parking reserved for visitors at the Art Museum. There is limited street parking in Park Drive and metered parking in Park Drive and Rink Street.

© Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum 2014

1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0)41 506 2000 / Fax: +27 (0)41 586 3234