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“more than you first think” 4 of 5 bubbles
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.
Magnetic Island, Australia
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114 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“more than you first think”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

We were told this museum is one of the best in the country. We found the Mayflower house, walked around the few rooms, read the plaques and studied the pictures of women in high collared dresses and men in top hats. We wondered is this it?

Apparently not, one block up is the rest of the museum.

It includes a large house (twice the size of the Mayflower house), two stable/workshops and across the street is the shop, jail areas, and other smaller outbuildings. All in all a good collection of history, well described and displayed with staff willing to tell you about the place and to make sure you see everything.

The fee is reasonable and buildings and items well maintained, so you can see your money is put to good use.

All in all a nice time and if you choose to you can stop for a lazy rest on the beautiful lawns with the sun on your face.

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“An insight into the areas history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Worth a visit, lovely staff and a wonderful insight into the areas history. The staff were really informative and the exhibition well presented - great value.

Visited June 2014
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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231 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Don't miss the Drotsdy Museum if you visit Swellendam”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

We stayed just across the road from the museum and wandered in there in the afternoon. It was really very interesting, The Peach Stone floors are something I have never heard of before, and may well be unique to this building. Who would have imagined they would still be good as new. Also for me the relatively modern pottery from England was fascinating. It never ceases to impress me how both Africa and North America was pioneered, and how determined those early settlers must have been, but still wanted some luxuries like fine pottery and table settings.

Visited February 2014
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fascinating buildings and history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This was our first visit to Swellendam so we knew nothing of the history.
This compact collection of historic buildings is well laid out and tells you all you need to know about the past of this small town!
Go early as it gets a bit hot! You realise what tough pioneers the early residents were!
One thing that has stuck in our memories are floors made from peach stones! They seem to have worn well.

Visited February 2014
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Swellendam, South Africa
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4 reviews
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“Great historical building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Swellendam being the 3rd oldest town in South Africa it is interesting to visit the whole reason for the towns existence in the first place. This is the 'Drostdy' that was built by the Dutch East India company in 1746-47 to house and act as official offices to the Landdrost (Magistrate) who handled legal matters in the area. I find the building style, informative history and late 18th/early 19th century Cape furniture extremely interesting.

Visited January 2014
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