We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great museum”
Review of Drostdy Museum

Drostdy Museum
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Hout Bay, South Africa
Level Contributor
244 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Great stop if you are passing thru Swellandam . Don't miss the magistrates home with it's period furniture and look at the old goal with it's original cat o 9 tails to thrash those that fell foul of the laws and made the magistrate cross . There is a very friendly museum cat that likes to lay in the sun .

Thank JohnFinchPhotography
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

321 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ridgefield, CT
Level Contributor
747 reviews
433 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
“Delightful town and informative museum”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Swellendam was a beautiful little town that we passed through. We stopped for a few hours to check things out. The museum was well planned, informative and easy to explore. This museum explains the real history of this region and is visited by many each year.The history of this town goes back to 1747 and the museum officially opened in 1939. The site consists of the museum, gardens, tradesmen work areas and the jail(gaol). This was a very interesting town with a lot of preserved history. They also had a lovely church of the Dutch Reformed congregation. It is a peaceful place with nice restaurants, quaint B and B's and a lot of history. We enjoyed it a great deal.

Visited November 2013
Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cape Town, South Africa
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The most visited place in SA!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

I didn't know this, but this is not only the most visited museum in SA, but the most visited museaum on the whole continent. It explains the whole history of the region, which has been inhabited by locals for almost 2000 years. Chock full of our collective history, everything here is a pleasure to behold. We spent 3 hours here (and that is very unlike us!)

Visited September 2013
Thank MarkTamboerskloof
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful people”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Several people have talked about how interesting this museum is, which is true. It really gives a good sense of how the first settlers relied on their skills to make everything from scratch. But I would like to record an experience we had that went way beyond a museum visit. We drove from Ladismith in the Klein Karroo to Swellendam, a trip of 2-3 hours that brings you via the Tradouw Pass to Swellendam. Along the way my husband realised that he had left his rucksack containing his camera with all its lenses, his iPad and his passport at the Route 62 Coffee Shoppe in Ladismith. We were travelling with some friends, so we went into the Drostdy Museum where they could look around while I talked to Elmarie, who was selling entrance tickets that day. She helped me find the telephone number of the coffee shop and praise be, the honest waiter had put the rucksack behind the counter - kudos to him and the team there! But how to get the rucksack back without inconveniencing the whole group? The Drostdy Museum staff to the rescue again. Someone phoned a friend called Ouboet, who dropped what he was doing to drive my husband back to Ladismith, a round trip of over four hours. Naturally we compensates him with cash but how can you thank people for being so wonderful? I hope this little record will be a monument to the honest and incredibly helpful folks at the Drostdy Museum and the Route 62 Coffee Shoppe. One hears so much about the crime in South Africa, let's remember how many fabolous people there are too.

Visited October 2013
Thank Bea F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
South Africa
Level Contributor
81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A must when in Swellendam”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

One can spend a good couple of hours here - it is a very interesting step back in history. Because it is quite spread out in different buildings don't go here on a wet day.

Visited October 2013
Thank LyndylooSouthAfrica
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Drostdy Museum also viewed

Swellendam, Overberg District
Swellendam, Overberg District
Swellendam, Overberg District
Swellendam, Overberg District

Been to Drostdy Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing