THE CAPE TOWN ATHENAEUM
Dedicated to Serving the needs of Scientific and Cultural Societies
The name of the building is derived from the Greek Athenaion meaning temple of Athene, the goddess of wisdom. Modern interpretations are a literary or scientific club, or a public institution for lectures, reading, etc. The Athenaeum in London was founded in 1824 as an association of men of distinction in literature, art and learning.
The Cape Town Athenaeum in Newlands, has served the objectives for which it was established, namely:
- To promote the interests of art, cultural, professional and scientific societies, and to encourage co-operation between them;
- To afford facilities of all kinds and to acquire and maintain suitable accommodation for scientific and cultural activities; and
- Generally to promote and encourage the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, and interest in cultural and scientific matters.
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1 Mariendahl Lane (off Campground Road).