Barberton Museum

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jbb88
Boksburg, South Africa697 contributions
Dec 2021
Expected more, very disjointed information boards. Not enough content, no labelling on majority of displays.
Written 12 December 2021
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Luke P
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa3 contributions
Sep 2021
Barberton is named after the Barber brothers, but this museum has them as the Barberton brothers. There are bizarre displays all over the place, many not labelled. Cardboard cutouts showing hominin evolution? Possibly - but who knows? And what is the significance to Barberton? Stuffed birds in glass cases, not labelled, and down on the floor where one has to kneel to see them? What is going on? Is this museum seeking a cult status as the worst designed in the world? Not only that, but the several annexes (Stopforth House, Belhaven etc) will not let you in without a ticket from the main museum. There is no indication of this anywhere on the brochures issued by the museum. But when you ask for a ticket at the main museum, they direct you back to Stopforth House! School kids would do a better job of running this circus.
Written 1 October 2021
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Mia
2 contributions
Sep 2021
You can start with getting the name of the founder of this town right. He was Barber. Label the birds and do not have some stuffed specimens hidden on the floor.
Put the info about tour times of the old Barberton houses on the pamphlets. Indicate where to get tickets. At one house they say go to the museum, at the museum, they say tickets are available at the houses.
Written 30 September 2021
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BWM55
Durbanville, South Africa177 contributions
Aug 2019
A small and clean museum that was very informative re the area especially if you are interested in the the years of struggle. Wished to see more of the history of the area, mining history etc.

Staff at front desk not very polite or helpful. More interested in her mobile phone than guests.
Written 10 September 2019
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Scott O
Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
This is a small private collection of artefacts that have been collected over the decades since the existence of the town Barberton, small daily knickknacks for days gone by to some impressive mining equipment and small artefacts from a bygone age of gold mining and panning
Written 5 May 2019
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BeardedwonderKzn
KZN181 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Not a large museum. It has a display of local residents that had a significant impact on the struggle for liberation in South Africa. Also good displays of the history of mining operations in the area.
Written 21 October 2018
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Andries B
12 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
A cross range of history from the origins of the mining town to the local tribes and the most recent political protagonists.

It's free so worth 30 minutes.
Written 1 October 2018
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HerbTreger
Alexandria, VA, USA24 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
The museum provides a disparate and interesting overview of the region’s geology, Barberton’s history as a mining town, and local heros in the liberation struggle. Surprisingly, it works.

Plan to spend a half hour in the museum. Get a Heritage Trail brochure from the attendant at the museum. And then make your way to the two restored houses. Get to the first, Belhaven, on the hour. The guide there then will take you to the second house, the Stopford House. The guide is pretty knowledgeable, too.

After that, he gave me a free drive-by tour of the heritage sites in town as I was dropping him off for lunch. He’s clearly interested in what he’s doing.

I did the Heritage Trail by car, incidentally. It would be an ankle twister on some of Barberton’s streets.

All in all, any town that incorporates gold mines, Jane Goodall, and historic homes is a quirky, eclectic treat. Allow a half day for just the historic stuff.
Written 18 May 2018
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sherynn2016
Barberton, South Africa4 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
The Barberton museum and heritage walk are a “must do” if you visit Barberton. My favourite museum house is Stopforth House. You can walk yourself or arrange to have guides walk with you from the museum. There are guided tours at Belhaven and Stopforth houses. The struggle story of Emjindini is currently on display in the museum Hall. Janie Grobler & Julius Matsebula can help with Historical enquiries about the area- ask for them at reception during working hours Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.
Written 16 December 2017
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Gerhard B
Nelspruit, South Africa12 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
This museum incorporate other nearby buildings in and around town and contain so much history about the area.
Written 12 July 2017
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