Cape Town and the Western Cape have an extensive legacy. The history of the Cape is one of diversity, change, open-mindedness and acceptance.
The San were the first people to live here more than 20 000 years ago. The arrival of Europeans to the Cape signalled a new direction in our history. The Cape has seen globalisation and Apartheid come and go. Today we celebrate a democracy that is based on one of the most liberal constitutions in the world.
The history of the Cape is recorded in the architecture. Dutch, British and African influences are clearly visible. For a view of our past, visit one of the many museums throughout the Cape. Museums range from the Iziko Museums in Cape Town to the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp in the Cape Overberg. Each museum has something different to offer, a different perspective on the history of the Cape.
Don't forget to visit the variety of galleries. The National Art Gallery in Cape Town is the most well known while visitors may be surprised at the number of private galleries showcasing local artists and photographers.
The Cape has a proud history. This is a history that shows our people's willingness to accept change. We welcome you to come and explore.