Drostdy Museum, Swellendam

4.5
#1 of 18 in Museums in Overberg District
Take a brief step back in time at Drostdy Museum, housed in a former government building erected by the Dutch East India Company. Since 1939, the building and its surrounding structures have served as a museum detailing the life of the Boer settlers. Admire a variety of artifacts from the late 18th and the early 19th centuries, view exhibits about the history of the town and its residents, or step into the cottages that dot the grounds to discover recreated artisan workshops, packed with period tools and furniture. Make Drostdy Museum part of your personalized Swellendam itinerary using our Swellendam road trip website .
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  • Great experience to see how Swelledam started and how things were done back then. Would recommend this for anyone visiting or staying in Swellendam.  more »
  • After living in the UK for almost a decade and visiting numerous museums with explanations and tools from different professions during the 17TH and 18TH centuries from this point of view the complex of buildings (not only one) seemed to me more than Same. We had a long conversation about Swellendam, the colonization of South Africa and the movement of the Boers eastward of what is now South Africa with a charming museum assistant at the door of the magistrate's house. Just for that it was worth visiting the resort, ideal to spend a morning in the quiet Swellendam.
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  • You can see the staff that works here has a passion for history and know what they are talking about. The museum is extraordinary and feature a wide variety of historical treasures and information. This is definitely a well kept piece of history in our country.
  • Very interesting. The curator was very helpful in providing relevant historical information
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