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- 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 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I highly recommend a visit when in Bloemfontein. The museum is set on a large plot of land and there are hiking trails and picnic spots. The building itself is in the Cape Dutch style and dates to 1941. It houses an impressive exhibition of South African art including a few rotating exhibits. While it can’t compete with the Zeitz museum in Cape Town, it really is a wonderful and diverse collection. There are photos, multimedia exhibits, paintings, and sculptures. Plan on spending a good hour viewing the galleries. Don’t miss the outdoor sculpture garden which includes an African carousel with each animal designed by a different artist. I’m not sure if it is still in use but it’s lovely to see and enjoy. There is also a little labyrinth that you can walk around on the grounds. Admission is free but it’s well worth a donation.Written 19 August 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- what a stunning place, get to see Bloem from different angle. take a walk inside and Mandela statue. planetarium for those with love for astrology was very informative. place clearly marked and not far from city. the kids enjoyed the planetarium as it part of their curriculum.Written 14 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I had just a few spare hours before my flight. So I spent an hour or so walking around here. Pleasant enough and maintained well. I enjoyed my visit.Written 22 March 2020
- Museum is definitely one of the best sites in bloemfontein. in one short visit I learnt more about the geology in history of this region than I would have ever imagined. their explanations of the karoo supergroup were better than anything I've found online.
Fossil exhibit was excellent.
The historical Street scene created on the second Deck is so authentic you forget your in a museum.
The tool development display from stone age to steel is about the best I've ever seen.
And the price could not be lower.
Only problem the audio guide devices were all dead. No one charged the batteries.Written 5 July 2022
- me and the kids got to explorer about the planet. wish was a kid again and studied astrology, close to natureWritten 14 October 2022
- Very informative! Tour we went on was a bit long for small children in my opinion, but there is so much to see that it’s understandable, & all were very knowledgeable in their field. We enjoyed it thoroughly!Written 14 April 2023
- Went for a drink on Friday night, was told about the Rugby game on Saturday. Booked a table for Saturday to watch the rugby and have dinner. Hubby had several craft beer and I had several Hunter Gold. Good service and even better food. We had the slider board and a bottle of wine for dinner. WOW AMAZING!!!! CONVERTED rand into pounds and we only paid £31. A must go place when visiting Bloemfontein.
Definitely will come again. Think the owners need to think about making it to a franchise xWritten 20 August 2023
- I just love to spend time at the farmer's market on Saturdays. There is so much to see, eat buy and enjoy. After the visit your feet hurts of all the walking up and down the aisle. But its all worthwhile.
You can get everything at the market.
Meat, fruit, vegetables, clothing, shoes, everything you can think of.
There is even coffee shops you can sit down and enjoy something to eat and drink.
This is so much fun and meet lots of people selling their stuff, old stuff, new stuff whatever you can think off all on one property.
This is a definite place when looking for something or just need to relax and walk around.
I visit the farmers market about every weekend.Written 17 November 2019
- Whatched the Currie Cup Final on the main stand -easily accesed through the gates and online buying of tickets an overall great experience.Written 12 September 2019
- The event is very well organised hosting top talent! I was there with a friend and we danced so much. It was incredibly fun. I still have all the pictures to prove it haha. I need to go again!Written 28 January 2020
- What an good experience. We had great fun and laughter playing tenpin bowling. The people around us were great fun as well great team spirit. This is a definite for any relaxing. Fun, laughter, playing with friends.
We will recommend this to anyone. After te games we went to tge Spur to have something to eat and drink. Everything close within walking distance.Written 20 March 2019
- This was a very good choice to have a baby shower.
The food was very delicious and everyone enjoyed it so much.
The staff were friendly abd very helpful.
The room was the best as it was very hot but we did not feel it due to the air conditioning.
Thank you for a lovely morning visit.Written 15 December 2019
- As a shopping center it is perhaps quite average. Plenty of stores where upmarket items are available. Prices for imported good are high. I bought a pair of Nike shoes that were about 20 to 30% more expensive than in my home country, the Netherlands. Anyway, I was already happy I could get them.
From an architectural point of view, the complex blends in rather poorly with the environment. The nearby park with lake is dwarfed by the enormity of the structure. The carpark section on the city side looks awful. Access for people arriving by other means than a car is uninviting. As a pedestrian walking from the city center, it took me quite some time to find an entrance.
On the upper floor are ATMs of major banks in a safe area.Written 1 January 2022
- We visited Kotze Galery and we were pleasantly surprised by the large volume and variety of spectacular local artists (South African) represented. A beautifully creative space. The Kotze's are a well-known painting family and work by all of them is available here. Also offers a splendid range of ceramics and sculptures. Floris Kotze is an exceptional host and walked us through the gallery, he is extremely knowledgeable and most importantly extremely up-front and honest. I would not for a second doubt his recommendations on what art would suit your needs and what art to invest in. If you want to add to your art collection or start a collection, this is one of the best galleries in the country to visit. Trust me my wife and I are both artists and art and galleries are our passion, you want to visit Kotze Galery!Written 25 November 2018
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