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Drostdy Museum

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Address: 18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Phone Number: 028 - 514 1138
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Description: This former government building, an architectural treasure in itself, is...
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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Relive the past

A hands-on museum where one doesn't feel the need to speak in whispers. We enjoyed the walk, accompanied by sheep and geese etc, around the various houses and workshops recreated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Gauteng, South Africa
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Gauteng, South Africa
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

A hands-on museum where one doesn't feel the need to speak in whispers. We enjoyed the walk, accompanied by sheep and geese etc, around the various houses and workshops recreated in the 1800's style. Your reasonably price ticket entitles you to visit a car museum and two grand historic houses in addition to the farm yard. Well worth a visit.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

was incredible to have a first hand view of the day to day life under the relames of war. the museum spreads through various buildings along the street in a walking distance. great historical architectures in the foothills of the mighty mountains. fees are reasonable, about R5 for school children.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Interesting museum spreads across both sides of the road. Lots of interesting artefacts to observe. Well worth a visit if you are in Swellendam.

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Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Swellendam is a good place to stop when on the Garden Route and the Museum makes for an interesting mornings viewing

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We thought a visit to the Drostdy Museum would keep us busy for just a half-hour or so but there was so much to see and read about the history of Swellendam that it we were surprised to find we'd spent over two hours on our visit to the four parts of the museum. Well worth the time and the... More 

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Cape Town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Lovely people that run these museums - so enthusiastic about their history. My young kids (4/5 years old) really enjoyed the out houses, with displays of the different professions - blacksmith, etc. Kids still remember the different displays!

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Stanford, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A definite must to visit when in Swellendam. Very informative and interesting. The Mayville house with all the furnishings of the era was facinating.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Nice museum as has different cottages to look in so the children found it quite engaging and played on the grass when they got bored!

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Western Cape, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you love history, do not miss this museum, which includes three historical sites. You will learn so much about this area and its people, and you can easily lose yourself in the interesting exhibits for two hours or more. Delightful!

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Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

this historic 'homestead' renders an example of life in the mid 18th century -- several buildings house antique furniture, farming implements, a working water wheel and prison. check out the roofs: the thatch is exemplary!!

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