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Drostdy Museum

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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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18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
+27 28 514 1138
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All reviews well worth a visit local history several buildings south africa early settlers different buildings great insight interesting exhibits interesting visit dutch settlers small town oldest town on display western cape furniture spread tools
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worthwhile place to visit with lots of interesting rooms and displays. Spread over three sites, all along the same street, and reasonably priced

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank john0653
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A historic museum about the Dutch presents centuries ago. Great to visit for about two hours to go back in time.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Advisor170
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Swellendam is a small place and from the outside of the building, the museum doesn’t look like much. However, once inside, there are numerous outbuildings filled with interesting artefacts and details of a past life for the settlers. The museum is split in two with...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Quest54535154599
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably not worth a huge diversion but if in the area, a pleasant hour or two to be spent exploring the old prison and the magistrates house on the other side of the road. One side is a small collection of properties set out as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Culture809479
Reviewed 12 February 2019

This is one of the most interesting and beautiful museums I have ever seen. The magistrates house and the prison locations were wonderful, with the Dutch cape architecture and historical notes. An excellent look in to the Dutch East India company's role in South Africa.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rsars
Reviewed 23 January 2019

Museum housed in a group of historic buildings and focusses on life in the 17thand 18th centuries. Lots of interesting artefacts (possibly too many) and very little curation so you are guessing what many things are. Some of the display boards are very dated and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 22 January 2019 via mobile

This gives a very good insight into the past. A very worth while visit if you are in Swellendam. The staff are very knowledgeable and will offer you so much information.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KnightyatNo5
Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

Wandered in here by chance and got last available table - so glad we did! The food was amazing and the views of the Langeberg mountains were sublime - would definitely recommend if you are in Swellendam.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 15 January 2019 via mobile

Highly recommended, excellent value and a real insight into the life of the early settlers. Three building within a small area.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Julesmorgan
Reviewed 9 January 2019

It is well worth taking time to visit this museum. It is very well run and not busy. It is located at the East end of the high street.

Date of experience: December 2018
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