Anglo-boer War Museum
Anglo-boer War Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of the most significant events in the history of South Africa was the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Although the protagonists were Britain and the two Boer Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, the population of South Africa as a whole became embroiled in the war either directly or indirectly. The War Museum in Bloemfontein provides an understanding of the background against which the Anglo-Boer War took place through its unique art collection, dioramas and exhibitions. The course and development of the war unfolds in front of your eyes as you progress through the museum. You are also afforded a glimpse into the life and suffering endured in the concentration and prisoner-of-war camps. We are immensely proud of this historical landmark in South Africa, and urge everyone who wants to understand this part of South African history, to pay us a visit. Entry Fee: Adults: R30 Student / Pensioner: R20 Children (up to 18 years): R10
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Gina L
Johannesburg, South Africa42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Possibly one of the best museums we have been to. My teenage daughter was very impressed that there was no bias, just the facts were presented. The memorial to the fallen women and children of the Anglo Boer war is incredibly moving especially when you realize how many more names were actually lost.
I would definitely recommend a stop here.
Written 16 January 2024
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We came here to learn about the Boer War as this museum is one of the few that exists. The museum is here as are several monuments to various war related people. The museum has many exhibits but lack a cohesive narrative history, so it is initially hard to determine what to read and what order things should be approached. But after a while the picture becomes clear and you leave the museum having learned a lot about English/Boer relations and the war. One thing that become clear in the exhibits is that more woman and children died in the war than soldiers. This happened because the English used a slash and burn method to subdue the Boers and in doing this they left many woman and children homeless. They were then rounded up and forced into concentration camps. Because of the lack of food and sanitation services thousands will die before the war ends. This is why the museum includes many exhibits about the concentration camps and its victims. It is also why the largest monument at the museum complex is to the woman and children that died because of this conflict. When you come here you need identification. The grounds are large with a museum that is undergoing some construction. The Museum is not heated and was very, very cold when we were there so bring appropriate clothing.
Written 26 May 2023
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Dave
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Fantastic Museum for anyone with interest in History of SA and or the Anglo Boer Wars.
Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Sobering memorial to Women and children who suffered during the conflict
Written 4 March 2023
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David M
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The museum provides a brilliantly curated history of the Boer Wars from a political and people perspective. It is very balanced, both sides of the story are explained equally. We had a tour guide, she was excellent and really brought the story to life (sorry, can't recall her name). I would thoroughly recommend getting a guide but it is still worth exploring on your own. A must see in Bloemfontein.
Written 9 February 2023
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Nat
South Africa19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
A beautiful museum rich with history and information. The museum is well looked after, beautiful lawns and fast and safe free Wi-Fi available.
Written 22 December 2022
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1 114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
There is both an outdoor/garden area to this museum as well as indoors. There is so much history associated with this that many are not even aware of (even worse for foreigners). There is a cafe/restaurant onsite as well but it was closed for a private event while we were there.

Total time needed here is 2-3 hours.
Written 17 December 2022
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DFJersey
Jersey, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Excellent Museum far bigger than expected. So much detail. It was only R20 per person, very good value. Also a beautiful memorial outside and a lovely setting.
Written 27 November 2022
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3 924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Before you go you should realize that this is a museum about war, not about peace. The war was waged by two relatively small Boer republics against the most powerful nation in the world at the time Britain. It started as a white men's war and was triggered by control over newly discovered diamond and goldmines in Transvaal (Kimberley and Jo'burg area). Eventually the Boer republics lost and colonial power Britain prevailed.

The war effort is very well documented, not just with information in writing, but also with photos, paintings, maquettes and real size replicas of for instance tents and people. The scorched earth tactics by the British army: setting fire to the Boer farms and displacing their women, children and workers and confining them to concentration camps where tens of thousands of them died, caused in an international outcry, but it also proved an effective strategy to force the Boer commanders and militants on their knees. the British victory proved to be a Pyrrhic victory as their losses were significant as well. Moreover, the British had to find a way to bring the different population groups together to sustain development of their colonies.

I left the museum with ambiguous feelings. On the one hand admiration for the toughness and courage of the Boers, while at the same time considering the hopelessness of their situation already from the beginning of the war in 1899.

The museum is on a well-guarded compound with many other exhibits and memorials. It is located 3.3 km south of the center of Bloemfontein.

Bring your passport or identity card as without it you can not enter the premises.
Entrance fee to the museum is 20 Rand.

It is allowed to take photos.
Written 2 January 2022
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Sofia R
Astana, Kazakhstan83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
We were quite disappointed by that visit for various reasons: it takes a 4 hour drive from Jobourg to get to the museum. It’s a place where also children and schools are addressed to learn about the local history, but unfortunately there was no film to explain what happened at that war and why.
We were not allowed to take photos and the exhibition lacked animation.
The worst of all was this constant beeping noise in all premises that did not allow us to stay inside for long because it drove us insane. They explained it came from the fire alarm system and cannot be switched off. We felt sorry for the people working there all day, every day exposed to that noise…. PLEASE do something about it!
The welcome by the gentleman at the reception was very kind!
Written 26 September 2021
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Jeanne H
Piet Retief, South Africa18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Was very informative and nice to share with my children our history. A lot of added information since went there over 16yrs back. Be prepared to spend at least 2 - 3 hours depending on how much detail you read.
Written 28 December 2020
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