About Us

Livestock Shrine, Dumisani Mabaso, 2013


William Humphreys Art Gallery

Nestled in the Oppenheimer Gardens in Kimberley, the William Humphreys Art Gallery is considered one of the finest national art museums in South Africa.

Endearingly known as WHAG and conveniently situated in central South Africa, it remains one of the cultural gems for locals, and a must-see for patrons of the arts passing through the diamond city.

Museum Activities

Apart from its primary function as a museum of art, this gallery serves the community as an educational and cultural center. Activities include temporary and permanent exhibitions, film screenings for all ages, and art workshops for children.

Art Classes

WHAGs developmental and stimulation classes for pre-school children and adults with disabilities form an integral component of its contribution to the local Kimberley community. Craft workshops for unemployed women and female offenders (WHAG Prison Project) are important social investment projects

Museum Library

Our reference library is the only library for visual and tactile arts in the province and it consists of a wide variety of art-related books. The library remains a valuable resource for school learners and students taking art as a subject. The public are welcome to use the facilities from 08:00 to 16:30 during the week. Internet access is available, and photocopies can be made if necessary.

Permanent Art Collection

WHAG’s permanent collection consists of donations, bequests, and purchases. Works from the permanent collection are rotated regularly to showcase the large number of artworks under our care.



WHAG derives its legislative and policy mandates primarily from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa; the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999 and the relevant Treasury Regulations including the Public Service Act as well as the Cultural Institutions Act, 119 of 1998, with the prescribed mandate of:

“To collect, preserve, conserve and document, research as well as exhibit works of art which represent the artistic heritage of all South Africans and utilises its assets for the edification, enrichment, and enjoyment of the people. "

Our Vision

A world class art gallery of excellence that is accessible and relevant to all.

Our Mission

To collect, preserve, and conserve artworks that are representative of the cultural diversity and heritage of South Africa, Africa, and beyond.

Our Values

The values that the institution and staff subscribe to are documented in the South African Museums Association Code of Conduct, the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, and the Code of Conduct for Public Servants.

Corporate Structure

The William Humphreys Art Gallery is one of three national art museums in the country (Iziko Museum in Cape Town and National Museum in Bloemfontein are the other two), and the only one in the Northern Cape.

The executive authority is the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. The Minister of Sports, Arts and, Culture appoints the Gallery Council which is the Accounting Authority.

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Mondays to Fridays: 08:00 – 16:30
Tour guides by appointment
Saturdays: 09:00 – 14:00
Public Holidays: 09:00 – 12:00
Closed on: Sundays, Good Friday,
and 25 Dec to 1 Jan each year

Entrance Fees

Adults: R5
Children/Scholars: R2
Students: Free with student card
Guided tours: R100
Discounted rates at discretion of the Director.

053-8311724/5 enquiries@whag.co.za

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