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Drostdy Museum

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Address: 18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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+27 28 514 1138
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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We were staying in Swellendam and, being a bit of a history buff, I had read about the Drostdy Museum before leaving UK. The actual visit surpassed my expectations. It gave us a... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2016
Truro, United Kingdom
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Truro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2016

We were staying in Swellendam and, being a bit of a history buff, I had read about the Drostdy Museum before leaving UK. The actual visit surpassed my expectations. It gave us a very interesting insight into the area's history. There are three sites - all within easy walking distance from each other - and all provided fascinating well labelled... More 

2 Thank akay07
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

This museum - in three parts - gives a very good insight into the South Africa of the Dutch East India Company days of colonial administration. Though somewhat favorable to the times, there is enough insights and information on the tough and unfair environment that the population endured. The physical and political information on the times gives a valid insight... More 

2 Thank Ascott150
Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2016

Beautifully maintained and well stocked with old artifacts of the bad old days of Afrikaner history. One does get the impression that these were very hard people, quelling unrest, dealing with the British, punishing naughty locals in very dark windowless cells. But the interesting exhibits are all there for you to see and handle. And thankfully things have changed in... More 

2 Thank Michael L
Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

We spent a few hours here on a Sunday morning. The museum is spread over several buildings with a large number of exhibits relating to the history of the town. Staff were very helpful and we had a bit of a verbal introduction to the place before being set loose to explore. Coffee shops and restaurants all very close by... More 

1 Thank bigpaulmitchell
Chatham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

This museum is spread over a few sites, all within a few minutes walk of each other. You wander around at your own pace and there is adequate information about the history of Swellendam. We stopped for coffee in the gaol house, service a bit slow, but this is Africa. A pleasant and interesting way to spend a morning.

Thank joannibrown
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2016

This is an extensive museum with authentic items as well as faithfully recreated elements and all provided against a backdrop of information and education so covering a multide of offerings which should entice most if not all of the family !!

Thank Steve T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2016

The museum is a "must" visit when in Swellendam.... the entry ticket is reasonable and the exhibitions are well presented.

Thank TonMeteloLiquito
Durbanville, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2016

Swellendam is a very beautiful country town with a large number of lovely old buildings. It is one of my favourite places in the Western Cape. A stroll through the area around the old drostdy, followed by a visit to the drostdy and the museum complex , is very rewarding. Don't miss the cute little Mayville House. There are a... More 

1 Thank georgestof
Arbroath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2016

Interesting visit to the museum and a lovelly little coffee shop available at the conclusion of our visit. Recommend this visit where the guides are particularly friendly and helpful.

1 Thank adamcM4125CU
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Loved walking to the different sites. All within a few blocks. Nicely maintained with helpful and informed staff. Location wass gorgeous and price was beyond reasonable.Nice locations to eat and relax also.

1 Thank ClimberNewYork

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