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Ladysmith Siege Museum

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Address: Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
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+27 36 637 2992

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very interesting 7/10

First of all it is very easy to find as it’s on the main street that runs through Ladysmith – parking meters are just outside so have some coins available. The siege is well... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2017
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Durban, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The people who staff this museum are exceptionally friendly and helpful and there are some extraordinary exhibits here - to say nothing of the building itself. But it is all rather tired. One needs an understanding of the siege in advance of the visit - the museum itself is rather haphazard in its attempts to explain it.

Thank Brian M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2017

First of all it is very easy to find as it’s on the main street that runs through Ladysmith – parking meters are just outside so have some coins available. The siege is well explained via the exhibits but I would have appreciated the ability to buy a more detailed account of the siege also explaining how it fits into... More 

Thank SeriousTraveller01
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed March 4, 2017

We really enjoyed our visit although it was a bit rushed as we hadn't realised they were closing at lunchtime as the Easter Holiday was about to start. Comprehensive collection of artifacts and clear explanations. Staff very helpful.

Thank Karol147
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 12, 2017

We presented ourselves at the entrance of the museum at 11.00 hours on saturday morning (11.2.2017). There were other visitors who told us all the doors to the museum were closed. However, no sign that the museum was temporarily not open. We were approached by a gentleman telling us that the person who was supposed to be present would not... More 

Thank MaxColt
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

Its a historic and interesting place situated in the middle of chaos. It says lot about the way The country was build. So absolutely with a visit.

Thank Lene F
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

During our visit to Ladysmith we were able to take a few hours for a history tour which included the Ladysmith Siege Museum. The museum is housed in an historic building downtown containing photos, artifacts, dioramas, artifacts and more. There is a lot of information presented in a chronological manner giving a great overview of the Boer War. Overall, an... More 

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Finger Lakes, NY
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61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2016

We tried to visit but it was closed with no indication as to why. My best guess is it is run by the town and since it was a holiday they decided nobody needed to see the museum anyways... Overall the exterior looked shabby just like the town (sadly).

Thank bradshsi
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2016

A small museum, well worth a visit, telling the story of the Ladysmith museum in the context of the Anglo-Boer war. A more recent addition - interpretative panels - raises questions about what we should do with uncomfortable and difficult history. I enjoyed my visit very much.

Thank Rachel W
Durban, South Africa
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199 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2016

is closed on weekends and public holidays . i see they dont cater for local weekend visitors which is a shame as it really is a nicew museum

Thank kingsrest
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2016

This well maintained provincial museum gives a very accurate picture of this historically important Anglo/Boer War siege. Well worth a visit if you are interested in South African history.

Thank John L

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