Drostdy Museum
Drostdy Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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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  • Gary Bond
    New York City, New York6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting museum worth a visit. One of our museum highlights in South Africa.
    My wife and I love smaller museums that tell a balanced story of the community and times. We found the Drotsdy Museum one of those places. We spent over 2 hours here and visited the multiple buildings that comprise the museum. Be sure to start at the main museum building and get the museum map and suggestions on a route to follow. The museum focuses on the early times up to the 1900s. We lived in Botswana for years and learned a lot about the early Dutch Settlements, the Boer War, and the mistreatment of people of color. We felt that we walked away with a more balanced view that is offered by many local museums. The museum staff was very helpful. We found the section of the museum area that housed individual artisan houses very interesting. Highly recommend a visit if you enjoy history. Lastly, I learned in this museum that the Dutch had found a way to put in ceilings (drop ceilings) and put a layer of mud that acted as a fire barrier. If a fire broke out in the grass thatched roof, there was a greater possibility of putting out the fire. All over the world, old grass-roofed homes disappeared over the years and this partially answered how so many Swellendam homes were preserved. Gary and Constance New York, NY
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Mudeford123
    Christchurch, United Kingdom335 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    There are three sites to visit all of them interesting in their own way. The lady selling the tickets was very helpful. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in Swellendam. Not too crowded when we were there. Plenty of information although in the Ambagswerf some of the numbers had been removed.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Paulista668
    316 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum in a Gem of a Town
    Swellendam is a lovely town and the Drostdty museum is well worth a visit. It is spread over three separate whitewashed buildings in colonial style. These include the official residence of the district administrator, a jail and an area where craftsmen worked. There is also a building with old carriages (including a hearse!) and historical posters from the Anglo-Boer war highlighting the atrocities committed in the British concentration camps where thousands of women and children died. Some of the exhibits could be better presented in colored prints and there are too many dull black and white maps and grainy pictures but overall great place. The tourist office and a pretty good café are also part of the complex.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Helena B
    Cape Town Central, South Africa451 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of a Museum
    Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa. The Drostdy Museum does an excellent job of displaying the history of this beautiful town. The museum consits of three areas and the entrance fee covers all the sites and at reception you will get a map and explanation of the route you can follow. The displays succeeds in showing the history and customs and lifestyles of the citizens through the years. Descriptions are also in English. Do not miss this museum when you visit Swellendam.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Jonathan W
    Niton, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A surprisingly impressive attraction in a small town
    A really interesting museum spread over three sites (easy walking distance). Loads of information and historical facts to interest all ages (there are even 2 donkeys). A surprisingly impressive attraction in a small town. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
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Matthew
Buckinghamshire, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The museum is in three sections. The staff are really knowledgeable and keen to explain the museum and content. Take time to visit all three sections. You can return the next day if you can’t see it all first visit.
Written 23 February 2020
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Helena B
Cape Town Central, South Africa451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa. The Drostdy Museum does an excellent job of displaying the history of this beautiful town. The museum consits of three areas and the entrance fee covers all the sites and at reception you will get a map and explanation of the route you can follow. The displays succeeds in showing the history and customs and lifestyles of the citizens through the years. Descriptions are also in English. Do not miss this museum when you visit Swellendam.
Written 21 November 2023
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Gary Bond
New York City, NY6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My wife and I love smaller museums that tell a balanced story of the community and times. We found the Drotsdy Museum one of those places. We spent over 2 hours here and visited the multiple buildings that comprise the museum. Be sure to start at the main museum building and get the museum map and suggestions on a route to follow.

The museum focuses on the early times up to the 1900s. We lived in Botswana for years and learned a lot about the early Dutch Settlements, the Boer War, and the mistreatment of people of color. We felt that we walked away with a more balanced view that is offered by many local museums. The museum staff was very helpful.

We found the section of the museum area that housed individual artisan houses very interesting. Highly recommend a visit if you enjoy history. Lastly, I learned in this museum that the Dutch had found a way to put in ceilings (drop ceilings) and put a layer of mud that acted as a fire barrier. If a fire broke out in the grass thatched roof, there was a greater possibility of putting out the fire. All over the world, old grass-roofed homes disappeared over the years and this partially answered how so many Swellendam homes were preserved.
Gary and Constance
New York, NY
Written 22 September 2023
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Farrarmere
Somerset West, South Africa101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The museum, spread over 3 locations, is well laid out with informative exhibits. Particularly well done were the various trades exhibits viz. blacksmith, carpenter, miller, tanner, etc. Well worth a visit.
Written 11 April 2022
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Ilona S
Sunnyvale, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Anyone interested in History and Architecture, cannot miss the Drosdty Museum, in the Old Drosdty Court House and magistrate's home. You will see the the Old Barns and over the street, the Old Jail and Jailer's cottage. These are all perfect examples of the Cape Dutch style of architecture, with its thick white walls, thatched roofs and elegant gables.
Written 11 October 2022
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Paulista668
São Paulo316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Swellendam is a lovely town and the Drostdty museum is well worth a visit. It is spread over three separate whitewashed buildings in colonial style. These include the official residence of the district administrator, a jail and an area where craftsmen worked. There is also a building with old carriages (including a hearse!) and historical posters from the Anglo-Boer war highlighting the atrocities committed in the British concentration camps where thousands of women and children died. Some of the exhibits could be better presented in colored prints and there are too many dull black and white maps and grainy pictures but overall great place. The tourist office and a pretty good café are also part of the complex.
Written 14 November 2023
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TAJagain
Cape Town, South Africa56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We went to the Drostdy Museum complex on the strength of Trip Adviser ratings, and weren’t disappointed. For me, the best part of this complex is the artisans cottages at the back of the old jail. The cottages/workshops are in good condition and full of artifacts from pedal powered wood lathes to a flour mill which harnessed horse power. We also enjoyed the Drostdy house and the other annex.
Written 14 January 2020
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Jonathan W
Niton, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A really interesting museum spread over three sites (easy walking distance). Loads of information and historical facts to interest all ages (there are even 2 donkeys). A surprisingly impressive attraction in a small town.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 7 December 2023
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gillferg
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We had a very brief visit as we were late arriving but the staff were very understanding and allowed us enough time to see as much as possible. Very well preserved buildings and carts. The display in the prison was very thought provoking and should be shared more widely.
Written 12 November 2022
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ZA_world
Johannesburg, South Africa1 337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Museum spread over 3 plots. Visit the magistrate's house / courthouse with Victorian furnishings, the jail (2nd oldest in SA) with tradesman displays and the Mayville home and gardens. One (small) entrance fee for all 3. Well worth a walk-around.
Written 1 December 2021
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