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Address: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

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The sixth oldest church building in South Africa

In the Cape's third oldest town, this collection of 20th century South African art is quite remarkable, and for connoisseurs of art a must-see. We absolutely loved it.

Reviewed 6 December 2016
Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The biggest advantage of this museum is that it is a great spot to start your walk around Graaff-Reinet as it doubles as the tourism office. You can buy your museum tickets here and get a brochure and map of the town. The museum is a bit on the thin side although I absolutely loved they fossil collection.

Thank FireflyAfrica
Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

This gives you an appreciation of the rich history of Graaf Reinet. The stories of the struggles and the forced removals are really moving. There are several different rooms dedicated to such subjects as geology, life in general and the Boer war . A must place to visit.

Thank Anonpeo
Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

In the Cape's third oldest town, this collection of 20th century South African art is quite remarkable, and for connoisseurs of art a must-see. We absolutely loved it.

Thank Adrian_Chatfield
New Mexico
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564 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

The Graaf-Reinert Museum is currently closed for renovations, so the choices of other museums is a bit thin. This did have a fine display on the evils of fracking and some fabulous cave art, but otherwise it's not very impressive.

1 Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

I was in the area on a hunting trip, and we spent a few hours in town one afternoon, so we stopped into the museum. The exhibits were interesting and well laid out. It was nice to see some of the history of the area.

Thank AWT416
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 536 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

This stunning building in Church St, just a few doors down from the Info Centre, houses a variety of different collections. I spent an interesting time here, appreciating the artifacts on display and reading up about Robert Sobukwe. I found the fossil collection particularly intriguing as there are several excellent examples of the fern Glossopteris ( in its more compressed... More 

Thank Jilldutoit
Cape Town, South Africa
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museums. It has a nice collection of fossils, stone age tools and pictures of rock art. Then there's the Robert Sobukwe exhibit. And don't miss the anti-fracking display.

Thank Belinda R
Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

The Old Library is the first Museum to visit in Graaf Reinet and the place to buy a ticket for the others. Good idea of the Tourism as you can then get a discount for the others and choose which one of interest to go to. Old Library had some interesting items on display, not fantastic but a good starting... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 26 April 2015

As an historian of Africa this place was amazing. Loads of information and the best part was the library at the back with hundred of old books on Africa. I could have set up a cot and stayed there for a week. Well worth the visit!! Loved it!!

Thank McGill_Tripper
East London, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2015

From the first plants and animals to have wandered the Karoo plains to the more recent settlement of Graaf Reniet, this museum provides a fascinating trip into the mists of time. The fossils and archaeology are well presented. The history of the people and politics of the region over the past 250 years are also well presented, and in a... More 

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