Drostdy Museum

Drostdy Museum, Swellendam: Hours, Address, Drostdy Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Drostdy Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 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
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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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GolfBirds
24 contributions
Ein Erlebnis "an experience"
Feb 2020
the open air museum consists of several locations, which are put together like a short walk through Swellendam. At the entrance of every site we were given charming information with such dedication - it was worth it das Freilichtmuseum besteht aus mehreren Standorten, die wie ein kleiner Spaziergang durch Swellendam zusammengestellt ist. Wir bekamen am Eingang von jeder Stätte von bezaubernden Ladies mit so einer Hingabe überreichtes Info-Material - es hat sich gelohnt
Written 21 March 2020
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Keith70
Worksop, UK649 contributions
Several historical buildings
Feb 2020 • Couples
Drostdy Museum is an open air complex of several historical buildings including official, town and country dwellings.There is a small entrance fee. Entrance is via the old gaol, at the rear is a number of buildings used by craftsmen of the day. There are a further 2 buildings across the road. Gives a good insight of life at the time
Written 19 March 2020
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antongunter
Shropshire, UK68 contributions
Had to see how the old days were
Mar 2020
My wife and i visited the museum which i am afraid to say is in a little need of a lick of paint, and maybe even tending the gardens. There are a number of buildings you visit as part of your ticket and should take you now more than about an hour
Written 19 March 2020
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Melora-Hawaii
Waimea, HI12 contributions
Easy walk thru history
Mar 2020 • Solo
Lovingly restored colonial architecture. Worth the time to have a look. I would have liked to learn more about the relationship of the settlers with the indigenous people.
Written 6 March 2020
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Peter D
Stoke-on-Trent, UK66 contributions
Surprisingly good
Feb 2020 • Couples
Thought this was a small museum by the roadside but were pleasantly surprised when we got inside to find a complete yard area and separate buildings devoted to covering all aspects of the early settlers and how they established Swellendam.
And then on to the Drostdy house itself across the road. And if that is not enough, there’s yet another fully furnished house from the Victoria era.

In all a very large and interesting museum.
Written 29 February 2020
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ekholland27
Amersfoort, The Netherlands484 contributions
Interesting
Jan 2020 • Couples
We have been in Swellendam several times but never visited the museum. This tije we decided to visit and it was worth it. Several areas along the street where you find old buildings which show life in the past in these areas. Most of them are furnished.
Written 29 February 2020
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Matthew
Buckinghamshire, UK82 contributions
Learn about Swellendam
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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Passport771318
2 contributions
Local and regional history
Jan 2020
Well worth a visit - extends over 4 sites - lots to take in..we didn't have time for everything .. must return again
Written 22 January 2020
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Andrew de Beer
Pretoria, South Africa31 contributions
HISTORY SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN
Jan 2020
The museum depicts the interesting past of the Swellendam district without resorting to the usual apartheid rhetoric. The staff were quite knowledgeable.
Written 22 January 2020
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TAJagain
Cape Town, South Africa54 contributions
Life in a different era
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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Drostdy Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00