Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa
GPS Coordinates: 28o44'37,85"S
The William Humphreys Art Gallery,
situated in Kimberley's Civic Centre, is considered one of the
finest art museums in South Africa. It was opened in 1952 and
named after its principal benefactor, William Benbow Humphreys
(1889 - 1965).
In 1948 William Humphreys donated to the city a substantial
portion of his personal collection of 16th and 17th Century
Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, British and French paintings,
antique furniture and other objects d'art.
This gift combined with the South African works of art brought
together by members of the Art Section of the Kimberley
Athenaeum and The Max Greenberg Bequest formed the nucleus of
the collection. The Humphreys Loan Collection and Timlin Collection on indefinite
loan from De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, augment it. More
recently the Meyer Collection of European and Oriental Porcelain
and the Lawson Collection of Old Master Drawings and Prints have
At present the Art Gallery concentrates on collecting South
African works of art. Apart from its primary function as a
museum of art, this Gallery serves the community as an
educational and cultural centre. Its activities include
temporary exhibitions, art workshops mainly for children,
development stimulation classes for pre-school children, craft
workshops for unemployed women, lectures, video shows and
concerts. We also have a successful outreach programme in which
we take graphic exhibitions to the small towns of the Northern
Cape province where learners are exposed to world of art. Guided
tours are arranged on request.
Facilities for hire
The William Humphreys Art Gallery is proud
to make available its different halls for hiring for functions
to the public.
We have a variety of options to suit different needs. Our
auditorium seats 101 people and is ideal for PowerPoint
presentations. We also have smaller venues like the Small Dutch
Wing (seating 30 people), large Dutch Wing (50 people), or for a
bigger area the temporary wing (150 people). There are various
spaces for break-aways as well. Equipment like tables, chairs,
screens, a data projector, flip charts, and an overhead
projector are also available if necessary. Please note that our
in-house caterer must be used for all functions held at the
The Palette Tearoom is open to the public daily from 10:00 to
16:00 for light meals and refreshments.
WHAG Reference Library
remains a valuable resource for school learners and students
taking art as a subject.