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“Dwelling in the real thing!”
Review of Drostdy Museum

Drostdy Museum
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Dwelling in the real thing!”
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Its a wonderful look into our country's beginning years. The fact that it is the ONLY ORIGINAL complex of its kind makes it very special. Lovely stories!
I disliked the guide's limited knowledge - couldn't answer most questions - obviously because he is of a foreign culture to that of the area. A typical BEE misplacement.

Visited September 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 6 Contributor
341 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Great history”
Reviewed 5 July 2013

An original house is now part of the museum and can be visited at certain times. Try to see both. The operators even offered to stay beyond closing so we could have more time for our visit.

Visited June 2013
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Interesting and educating”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

If you stop over at Swellendam, it worth a quick stop at the musuem. Very cheap ticket, most friendly staff, and the walk around is educating.

Visited May 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nicely kept”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

This is apparently the centre of where all the old colonial things go for the whole province, and there is enough in air-conditioned storage to replenish the museum thrice over if there is a fire. And good thing too. This is treasure trove of nifty things, and thank goodness it is kept here. We came to Swellendam for two things. This is one of them! The outdoor could have used a bit of cleaning, but the main building was great.

Visited May 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A 'must see'”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

Excellent value for a morning of history, with access to all three buildings and the gardens. Each area is very well presented, and each introduced well by a guide, but who then let us see all the exhibits at our own pace and without being 'obtrusive', which is what we like when visiting historical sites. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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