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“Nicely kept”
Review of Drostdy Museum

Drostdy Museum
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Nicely kept”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is apparently the centre of where all the old colonial things go for the whole province, and there is enough in air-conditioned storage to replenish the museum thrice over if there is a fire. And good thing too. This is treasure trove of nifty things, and thank goodness it is kept here. We came to Swellendam for two things. This is one of them! The outdoor could have used a bit of cleaning, but the main building was great.

Visited May 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A 'must see'”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Excellent value for a morning of history, with access to all three buildings and the gardens. Each area is very well presented, and each introduced well by a guide, but who then let us see all the exhibits at our own pace and without being 'obtrusive', which is what we like when visiting historical sites. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“We get it now”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

You cannot visit South Africa without seeing this museum. This really helped us understand the complexities of putting together a country with such fusion. Well done Johann. And you looked great in the period outfit.

Visited May 2013
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

A visit to this museum is a must when visiting Swellendam. We were very surprised that the museum was open on Saturday, a public holiday. (It was open on Sunday) The entrance fee was very reasonable and we could visit all 3 parts of the museum and only pay once. My husband enjoyed the corridor with all the maps in the Drosdy building but the exhibit about slaves was a bit disappointing. I liked visiting Mayville House with all the Victorian furniture and the different wallpapers in each room. The Old Goal and Ambagswerf were also interesting. We also liked the Museum shop and bought a few books about the history of the town. The staff were very friendly and gave us lots of information.

Visited April 2013
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Authentic History and Culture”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Amazing and interesting, great research and display of artifacts, a historian's delight. A must for the youth of South Africa to grasp their history and cultural roots...must visit.

Visited March 2013
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