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Drostdy Museum

Address: 18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Phone Number: 028 - 514 1138
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Swellendam
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This former government building, an architectural treasure in itself, is now a museum containing...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This former government building, an architectural treasure in itself, is now a museum containing some impressive artifacts. Particularly noteworthy is a collection of late 18th and early 19th century Cape furniture.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Walk through this museum to get an idea of what it was like many years ago. Well maintained and informative.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

An excellent museum well looked after and one needs to spend at least 3 hours to visit all historical buildings. I loved this museum with it's history of the Dutch and the Drostdy depicting the last outpast before entering the wild-veld and also the law of the region under the same roof as the family that stayed there. Restaurants are... More 

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Oxford
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A most interesting and informative tour of the early days of the town with some great exhibits. Times were tough! Some of the rooms /buildings were not open on our visit so that spoilt it a bit but the staff were all most helpful and enthusiastic.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

a trip back in time! really worth the R25 per person... filled a lot of gaps of my knowledge of the Voortrekkers...... definately worth a visit.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Gives you a really god picture of the town Swellendam and its peoples history in the 3 different settings/buildings. We liked it very much and recommend any visitor to spend a few hrs here.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Quaint collection of olde worlde houses giving you a great idea of how people lived and made their living years ago in this part of paradise

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's a nice day out. The museum is set out over several buildings across town. It's a bit run down but still interesting to take a walk through.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

very close to our B and B. Some good examples of local history. Scary lady on the desk of one part of the museum (it's spread out over several buildings)

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
44 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This museum has some charm, and is definitely worth a look if you are in town for a while. Like the museum in Stellenbosch, this museum is spread out over three main buildings, each with its own character.

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Brisbane, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Voted as the Best Museum in Southern Africa it certainly lives up to its name. A wonderful collection of early S.African history dating back to the 1600's. We learnt so much even though I grew up in Africa and have visited many times before.

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