The beginning of the long weekend was kicked off by the grand opening ceremony of Africa’s first dedicated contemporary art museum, the Zeitz MOCAA.

What was once the tallest structure in sub-Saharan Africa, the 1920’s grain silo has now been transformed into the home of African art, created by the vision of British architect Thomas Heatherwick.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Zeitz MOCAA saw a massive crowd, and an array of speakers of the likes of Helen Zille, the City’s mayor Patricia de Lille, and a rare public appearance by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

V&A Waterfront board chair Elias Masilela told the crowd, “You are amongst the first to witness the writing of a new chapter in South Africa’s history.”

This historic museum may not punch major impact from the exterior, but stepping inside offers an amazing sight of tubes and overwhelming spaces of grand architecture. Let’s take a look.

The entrance of the museum offers a massive piece of art suspended in the air, wowing guests as they enter. The exhibitions are very impressive in their own right, with massive canvases to smaller sculptures, each piece is created to move the viewer.

The 6-storey building is an excursion that guests should dedicate the majority of their morning to, with a coffee shop on the top floor and an open rooftop. Zeitz MOCAA is certain to become one of the top to-do’s for tourists in Cape Town, and a must-see for any and every South Africa.


Photography K-leigh Siebritz / HM Images

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Nikki Louw

Nikki Louw is an avid food eater and wine drinker with a passion for writing about it too. She's a creative by heart, with a love for visual arts and feature writing, which she applies everyday in covering culture, art and food and drink pieces. She also enjoys writing trending news pieces and exploring topics such as gender issues and social consciousness. Outside of the Journalism realm, Nikki tries her hand at painting and drawing. She has a collection of unfinished canvases and completed oil paintings alike, stacking up in the corner of her bedroom.