Jan Rupert Centre
  • Graaff-Reinet

Last Updated: November 2019

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  • 41 Middel Street

  • Longitude: 24.537606
  • Latitude: -32.254158
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Business Hours

  • Opening Hours :

    • Monday - Friday 09h00 - 12h30
      14h00 - 17h00
    • Weekends and Public Holidays 09h00 - 12h00

    Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday

About Jan Rupert Centre

Jan Rupert Centre, Graaff-Reinet

The Neo-Gothic building in Middle Street was originally a place of worship for the Mantatees, a refugee Sotho tribe that had fled south across the Orange River in the 1820’s. In 1870 improvements were made to the building.

As the membership numbers dwindled and the remaining members joined the Parsonage Street Congregation the building was for years used as a storehouse and eventually fell into disrepair. Through the intercession of Dr Anton Rupert the property was restored and officially handed over to the Save Reinet Foundation in 1986 when it was renamed after Dr Rupert’s late brother Jan.

The Jan Rupert centre in Graaff-Reinet currently tips its hat to a collection of SA Masters with a new exhibition of 20th century prints, paintings and scultures. The exhibition takes its cue from the permanent exhibition currently at the Hester Rupert Art Gallery, but focuses on the land and its people as imagined and immortalised by prominent South African artists. From Cecil Skotnes' prints, Assassination of Shaka to JH Pierneef's Dorpstraat toneel: the loved, the familiar and the formidable are celebrated. These representations of scenes, scapes and peoples tap into the spirit of SA's 20th century artistic production. The show features work by Maggie Laubser, Irma Stern, Lucas Sithole, Sydney Kumalo, Maud Sumner, Hugo Naudé, Erik Laubscher, Ezrom Legae, Pieter Wenning, WH Coetzer, and others.

Map and Directions to Jan Rupert Centre

GPS : 32° 15' 14.97" S / 24° 32' 15.38" E

From Port Elizabeth / Cape Town

  • Enter Graaff-Reinet on the N9
  • Cross the river and turn second right into Middel Street
  • Jan Rupert Centre (Pierneef Museum) is the second building on the right.

From Murraysburg / Richmond

  • Enter Graaff-Reinet on the R63
  • Turn sixth left into Middel Street
  • Continue across Kerk Street
  • Jan Rupert Centre (Pierneef Museum) is the second building on the right.

From Middelburg / Johannesburg

  • Enter Graaff-Reinet on the N9
  • At the garage turn right into Caledon Street
  • At the church turn left into Kerk Street
  • Turn third left into Middel Street
  • Jan Rupert Centre (Pierneef Museum) is the second building on the right.