Iziko Bertram House

Bertram House is a double story house museum from the English Georgian era with its typical red brick construction and is the last one of this time period left standing. It is one of the Iziko Museums and falls under the curatorship of The Social History Collections Department. Bertram House is situated in  Cape Town City Centre at the top end of Government Avenue in the grounds of the University of Cape Town's Hidding Campus.

Bertram Museum was officially opened in May 1984 and in 2010 was completely renovated and re-opened to the public. It is furnished and decorated in the style of an affluent English family living in South Africa at the beginning of the 19th century.


Bertram House was built in 1839 by an English notary, John Barker who named the house after his first wife Ann Bertram Findlay. Mrs Winifred Ann Lidderdale contributed much of the furniture and porcelain to the museum.

Former Tenants and Owners

  • Captain Robert Granger who owned 5 ships and after whom Granger Bay was named
  • Tiberias Benjaminn Kirsch, who was the first professional photographer in Cape Town
  • South African College


  • Monday to Saturday, 10h00 - 17h00
  • Closed : Sundays, Christmas and Worker’s Day.

Disabled Access

Ground floor only.


Please consult their website.

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