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Drostdy Museum

Museum Local history museum

18th-century thatched-roof structure with period furnishings & craftsmen’s workshops. People often mention museum, interesting, staff, visit, history, town, worth, friendly, experience,


Address

2 Drostdy St, Swellendam, 6740, South Africa

Website

www.drostdymuseum.co.za

Contact

+27 28 514 1138

Rating on Google Maps

4.40 (225 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Wednesday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Monday: (Christmas Day), 9 am to 5 pm, Hours might differ
  • Tuesday: (Boxing Day), 9 am to 5 pm, Hours might differ

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Frequently mentioned in reviews: museum (15) interesting (14) staff (10) visit (9) history (8) town (6) worth (6) friendly (6) experience (6)
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  • 5/5 Irina S. 8 months ago on Google
    Amazing museum with a lot of history of this town. Definitely worth a visit!
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Candace M. 1 year ago on Google
    Definitely worth a visit if you are in Swellendam. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Well looked after and clean. Afterwards you can look at all the local shops and get some coffee
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 emma s. 1 year ago on Google
    Really interesting museum and several historical houses to visit in this interesting old town.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Robert U. 3 years ago on Google
    The museum consists of three sites, all within walking distance from each other. One is supposed to start and pay (R30.00 pp) at the Drostdy, but we began at the Mayville House. The kitchen was fascinating, but I liked the small exhibition on Maria Elizabeth Rothmann and the exquisite garden the most. The paintings and furniture in the Drostdy are lovely. The prison was a treat (although the Khoisan exhibition is quite dated and looks tired) - I loved the yard at the back containing the different workshops. There are some really interesting tidbits about Swellendam's history - this museum definitely surpasses most town museums. An enjoyable experience.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Vicki B. 1 year ago on Google
    Such a beautiful museum that is wonderfully kept up. Walking through from room to room, you really get a sense of how the people lived back then. Also, such friendly staff who were more than happy to answer questions about some of the pieces. I only explored the one building (which is free), but you can buy a ticket which costs R40 to view all three buildings that are part of the museum. Will definitely go back again to view the other two.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Marjorie B. 2 years ago on Google
    Awesome will highly recommend. Friendly staff. Enjoyed every minute. It takes you about 2 hours to go through everything properly. Good value for money.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Lesley H. 4 years ago on Google
    I visited the Drostdy museum complex on Wednesday the 18th march 2020. What a wonderful experience to view all the buildings that make up the complex. You need to spend a few hours there to take in all the history of the place. This was R30 well spent. To history lovers, this museum is a must and also Swellendam itself, as the third oldest town is South Africa it has so much to offer for the history buff.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Sawa Y. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing museum, feels like you walking through that era. Done with great attention to detail. You will see how people lived and worked in old times. I left donation to museum, do it too:)
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Thandie M. 1 year ago on Google
    The museum has preserved the History of the settlers, it's Raw and Authentic,very great to experience and educational.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Shaune Mac G. 3 years ago on Google
    What an amazing gem.... The staff are also top notch 🙂
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Alicia B. 1 year ago on Google
    A very interesting museum. It's a pity though that some of the areas were closed for maintenance, but also a good sign that it does get maintained. Definitely worth a visit!

  • 5/5 Angela A. 1 year ago on Google
    Very interesting and worth a visit but receptionist more interested in her cell phone than providing indo. Wanted to know where was the gaol and sent us out twuce kn a goose chase

  • 5/5 Niell Le R. 5 years ago on Google
    Loved the experience with very helpful staff that are so friendly and informative. A must see for anyone traveling to the area.

  • 5/5 Mark C. 9 months ago on Google
    Interesting museum showing how things were done by hand in the past. Has a working wheat mill. Beautiful grounds and well maintained. Several small shops at the entrance that sell fresh local produce, jams and memorabilia. Several restaurants next door and across the street.

  • 5/5 Lynn C. 11 months ago on Google
    Loved it! Stopped by on our way out of town. Very interesting. Fun to imagine life back then. There are basically 3 separate locations to visit. Very helpful and friendly staff. Thank you!

  • 5/5 Tony J. 8 months ago on Google
    Great building. Excellent collection of furniture and artefacts, but needs some life …. Very static at present.

  • 3/5 Jacques M. 10 months ago on Google
    Quite interesting. Found it odd that 2 of the locations had no staff but were open. But worth a look if you are there

  • 4/5 Gerrit M. 3 years ago on Google
    This was a worthwhile outing. The staff is not only friendly but gave interesting info about the buildings. You get a map show where each building is and each item has information next to it.

  • 5/5 Marinda S. 1 year ago on Google
    Intriguing experience as Swellendam is the 5th oldest town in SA and also a bit spooky. The court and jail very interesting. Staff super friendly and helpful.

  • 3/5 Zalia F. 2 years ago on Google
    We were interested in the photos and history in the museum shop, of the indigenous local people. Which were removed and no knowledge of where it is stored. That was very disappointing, as it is information that need more sharing with locals as it is history that is not known to us

  • 5/5 Ashley van der M. 2 years ago on Google
    Very interesting and the staff were very helpful and guiding us through. Just know there’s a lot of walking around. But we didn’t mind at all because it was a stunning walk. We loved how everyone was set up as if someone still lived there.

  • 5/5 Claira C. 2 years ago on Google
    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.

  • 5/5 Rosie C. 1 year ago on Google
    Very interesting. Beautifully and factually preserved. Wonderful place to visit!

  • 5/5 Mike L. 5 years ago on Google
    Dedicated staff and interesting things to see. Ensure you see the garden/s :)

  • 3/5 J D S. 5 years ago on Google
    Very interesting and worthwhile place to visit.

  • 4/5 Elainne A. 4 years ago on Google
    A nice and interesting visit. Located in different buildings. Informative. Nice selection of old woodwork tools and leather work tools.

  • 5/5 Rodrigo C. 2 years ago on Google
    Interesting museum about Swellendam's history

  • 5/5 Rob S. 2 years ago on Google
    Wonderful experience, so well maintained and staffed. Very informative.


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Amenities


  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible toilet
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible entrance


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