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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

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Address: 1 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
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+27 41 506 2000

Collections consist of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern...

Collections consist of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles). These are supplemented by an active programme of temporary exhibitions.

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African Art in Port Elizabeth

If you have an hour to spare in Port Elizabeth visit this contemporary art gallery: - located close to the historical walk - free entry - a wide range of impressive paintings and... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2016
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

The team that runs this Art Gallery are really committed to creating beautiful situations and also lovely exhibitions. We attended with college students for an opening night and enjoyed jazz music as well as snacks and drinks.

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Alyth, Scotland
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

So glad that I went to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum. I took a taxi because it would have been a long walk from Lungile Backpack Lodge where I was staying (great location). The museum is in two buildings but the exhibitions are small enough that you can see everything in about an hour. Some of the paintings, photographs and... More 

Thank Connie W
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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

If you have an hour to spare in Port Elizabeth visit this contemporary art gallery: - located close to the historical walk - free entry - a wide range of impressive paintings and sculptures - comfortable environment with good seating - African creativity and a lens on people, places and history

Thank rajkumar66
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

Formerly known as the King George VI Art Gallery, this art museum was opened in 1956 and stands at the main entrance to St George's Park. The temporary exhibition currently on view is entitled "This belongs to all of us", "Yeyethu Sonke" and celebrates 60 years of art collection by the City of Port Elizabeth. Selected pieces of art, from... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

This art museum is lovely but lacks energy. It is a staid collection without anything which stands out and would make you want to tell people to go and take a look. It has got one or two pieces which are nice. I find the local stuff uninspiring on the whole but you can spend a half an hour in... More 

Thank 365giannad
Everett, Washington
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5 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Was very pleased with the diversity and quality of the indigenous collection offered at this outstanding museum. Both the permanent collection and the temporary exhibits were top-notch. Very professional staff as well

Thank Zachary N
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2015

One almost hates to say anything less than effusive about anywhere that carries Nelson Mandela's name, but I have to say that the website led us to believe it was much bigger. It is, essentially, just two large rooms, one of which is modern artists and for which each piece of work has a (very reasonable) price tag attached. Both... More 

1 Thank David M
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

We were four friends who decided to go to an art museum in PE. We love art and usually go when in other countries. But disappointingly enough, these was only one room open (which contained gorgeous lokal handicraft). The main room had been closed. The museum is close to a park, whack is not safe at all!

Thank AroundTheWorld000
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 20 December 2014

It was in 2008 that I visited Port Elizabeth. The museums are rare there so it was a chance that we have got in. Anyhow I think it is good to have such an experience.

1 Thank Konstantin-German
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

In my opinion, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum changed its name from The King George VI Gallery to cash in on the Nelson Mandela name. Most of the art is VERY local (read unknown if not often amateurish) and is certainly not on par with more well known art museums. The small place creates the impression of a lack... More 

Thank Paul H

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