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Useful Information

Please note: 
  • The Art Museum's landlines are working 0415062000, but if you are unable to get through, Please contact us on 079 490 0690.
  • The Art Museum is closed to the public during loadshedding, we fall in group 8
  • The Art Museum's fax line is no longer working

Limited exhibition space requires the constant rotation of works of art from our Permanent Collection, if you wish to see specific works not currently on exhibition, you are advised to do so by appointment. The Permanent Collection is supplemented by an active programme of temporary exhibitions. Admission is free, except for events with advertised fees.

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.

General Information: Please leave prams, large bags and rucksacks at the front desk. You may take photographs using a hand-held camera except where indicated. CCTV is in operation throughout the Museum.

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. 

Disabled Access: There is a parking bay for the disabled outside the Arts Hall and wheel chair 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 handheld camera without a flashlight. Applications for the use of a tripod, power pack, lights, extension cables, and video cameras, recoding equipment or any other electronic equipment must be made in advance in writing to the Director; a fee will be charged.

Parking: There is limited street parking in Park Drive (east) and metered parking in Park Drive (west) and Rink Street.

Public Transport: Buses: City – Rink Street – Greenacres, every 30 minutes.



For the protection of the works of art and our visitors, please take note of the following: 

  1. Right of admission is reserved.
  2. Enter at your own risk.
  3. Do not touch works of art. Dirt, moisture, and other contaminants present on hands can stain or corrode the surfaces of artworks. Some works are more fragile than they appear, and even simple touching can cause permanent damage. Help us protect works of art and preserve our common heritage for future generations.
  4. The Art Museum is not responsible for loss or damage to laptop computers, cameras and other items of substantial value.
  5. No Flash photography. Photography for personal use is permitted except in special exhibitions and where specifically prohibited. Monopods and Tripods are not permitted.
  6. Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Art Museum and may not be eaten in the exhibition halls.
  7. Back packs are not allowed in the exhibition halls and visitors will be asked to leave any items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner, at the front desk.
  8. Children may not be carried on the shoulders of another person or pushed in prams or in a backpack child carrier.
  9. No animals are allowed in the Art Museum.
  10. No dangerous weapons are allowed in the Art Museum.
  11. For the convenience of our visitors, phone calls in the exhibition halls are discouraged.
  12. By entering you agree; that any visuals captured can be used by the museum, without you being able to claim reimbursement
  13. Car Parking in the vicinity of the Art Museum is free.


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Opening times

  • Weekdays: 09h00 – 16h00 (closed Tuesday mornings)
  • Please note that we are closed on weekends and public holidays.
  • We are open on certain Saturdays in the month. Please call us on 041 506 2000 or on 079 4900 690 or check our facebook page to see if we will be open. If we are open on a Saturday the opening times are 9:00 - 12:45.

Contact Details

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

Address: 1 Park Drive, Central,  Port Elizabeth, 6001, South Africa

Telephone: +27 (0)41 506 2000 

Cell: 079 490 0690 

E-mail: or

Please note that our fax line is not working.

Please address all correspondence to the Director.

The Art Museum is open from 9:00 – 16:00 weekdays to the public.

The Art Museum is closed weekends and public holidays. We are open on certain Saturdays, please contact us to check which Saturday we will be open.

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