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Norval Foundation Sculpture Garden

Imaginative sculpture garden that cleverly combines art with nature.

  • 4.6

  • from 1181 Google reviews

A house with bushes in front of a building
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About the garden

Feast your eyes on this visual treat. Situated on a 10-acre site in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, 3D installations by African artists are dotted across freshwater wetland and surrounded by beautiful indigenous flora. The natural scenery of Western Cape provides a stunning backdrop.

Spot abstract artworks poking out from behind vegetation, discover brightly coloured pieces around different corners and be inspired by immense creations against the greenery. The Sculpture Garden subtly connects to the Norval Foundation building – a modern work of art in itself; inside you can see a range of permanent and changing exhibitions and collections as well as glorious views of the serene wetland, vineyards and mountains beyond.

Visitors can explore the museum as well as take a self-guided audio tour of the Sculpture Garden. A trip wouldn’t be complete without a delicious locally sourced meal in the acclaimed Skotnes Restaurant while the children enjoy the playground.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Norval Foundation.

Opening times

Wednesday - Monday 10:00 - 17:30 Last Entry 17:00

Useful details

Garden area

10 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Cape Town, 7945

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  • 4.6

  • from 1181 Google reviews

Lauren Maker

4 months ago


This is my best museum in Cape Town, they have spared nothing in making this art gallery beautiful, informative and so interesting. It's all about Africa, paintings, interactive, photography to sculptures! It's a great morning out! They have a superb sculpture garden that surprises you at every corner! We spent an hour walking around this wonderful gallery, the art is beautiful and displayed in a free flowing manner, as you walk in the lights flick on, its an excellent experience and I highly recommend you visit this on your next trip to Cape Town.

Karen Colvin

4 months ago


As I cruise into the downstairs parking the lights turn on for me and momentarily I feel like royalty. Stepping out into the Norval Foundation is a treat. The architecture is modern and functional- being an art museum amongst other things. I love the clean lines of this building. The galleries range in size and are always filled with exciting artists. The focus being Africa. Then there’s the Skotnes Restaurant that serves up a delicious menu and while you enjoy the flavours your gaze is mostly over the wetland and indigenous gardens. Here you can wander around and view plants and installations. Become a member and you’ll be invited to exhibition openings, musical evenings and other interesting events. It’s the place where I go alone to escape the humdrum or spend time with my family and friends.

Jane Steven

4 months ago


I loved the indigenous garden and it's sculptures. The exhibitions were interesting, stimulating and thought provoking. The coffee in the restaurant was hot and the carrot cake delicious. World Class!

Licia Dewing Career Strategist

3 months ago


A Magnificent & Arresting Space ! The Norval Foundation is MUST see on your art tour of Cape Town ! The current exhibition ‘When Rain Cloud Gather’ a celebration of our African female art genius in the country is beyond moving - take your time - walk slowly - let it all sink in and then bask in the garden glory and celebrate the talent in our women. Highly recommend!

Joshua Bruton

a month ago


Went in December 2022. Below average and generic exhibits indoors but the garden is fantastic. Some of the sculptures outdoors are astoundingly creative.

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+27 87 654 5900

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