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 been acquired.
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 Gallery.
The Palette Tearoom is open to the public daily from 10:00 to 16:00 for light meals and refreshments.