Cape Town Tourist Attraction: MOCAA

MOCAA Exterior

We went to one of the most amazing museums when we were in South Africa. The brand new Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) is a marvel in architectural repurposing and houses incredible 21st century art. I highly recommend visiting MOCAA in Cape Town.


Located in the city’s V&A Waterfront neighborhood, the new modern art museum is in a converted grain silo near the harbour. They spent a lot of money redesigning this building! Money well spent. The formerly all concrete tubes now are full of windows and the result is a stunning exterior. At first glance, you think the best thing about MOCAA may be the building, but it’s just as impressive inside.

Interior MOCAA in Cape Town
Inside MOCAA, Cape Town

Mocaa’s art

We were very moved by the art collection, which is all from this century and from all over the African continent. As you can imagine, as a modern art museum representing so many different countries, there is a lot of very diverse art to see on the nine floors.

IIMPUNDULU by Nicholas Hlobo, hanging in the atrium of MOCAA
The view up from the lobby of MOCAA

mocaa’s sculpture garden

The museum has an outdoor sculpture garden with some beautiful art and views of Cape Town. It is really a spectacular space.

MOCAA Sculpture garden
MOCAA’s beautiful sculpture garden. Even the floors were art!
Hanging Pieces, Visiting MOCAA in Cape Town
Museum visitors at the Hanging Piece exhibit by Kendell Geers, MOCAA

We spent an afternoon at the museum, and since we would never get a chance to see this art anywhere else, we were glad we visited.

Cape Town’s Museum of Contemporary African Art opened this past September and is already one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town. Understandably! The architecture, art exhibits and outdoor sculpture garden make for a great place to spend a day. If you have a chance, spend some time visiting MOCAA in Cape Town.

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Author: Mel

Living aboard a sailboat, blogging about the places we visit and the adventures we have. Love hiking, cycling, scuba, animals and adventure.

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