Museums and Historic Attractions

Take a walk through history from ancient times to the last century.
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Spend time in a region that prizes its history: from ancient times to the past century. Karoo stories are around every corner and in the heart of every town: immerse yourself in odes to the Karoo’s greatest artists – Helen Martins, Walter Battiss and Olive Schreiner, discover prehistoric fossils and Khoikhoi cave paintings, or stroll through another time in history or a peaceful church. Our stories are those of every man: soldiers, playwrights and farmers – legends, every one.

Museums and Historical Attractions in the Karoo

Reinet House Museum

The Graaff-Reinet Museum or “Reinet House”, formerly a Dutch Reformed Church parsonage, ...

Old Library Museum

While limited privately sponsored library facilities were available in Graaff-Reinet from about ...

Saltpeterskop chessboard etching

During the last 1800s, British soldiers created a chessboard on the top ...

Roodewal historic site

The Roodewal historic site next to the N10 near Cookhouse doesn’t just ...

Graaff-Reinet churches

The Groot Kerk is one of Graaff-Reinet’s best-known landmarks, but the town ...

Glen Avon Mill

The history of Glen Avon is that of Robert Hart who was ...

Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

Situated in the picturesque town of Nieu-Bethesda, and home of the famous ...

The Cradock Four Monument

The Cradock Four were a group of four anti-apartheid activists who were abducted ...

Glen Lynden Churches

The Glen Lynden Churches are located in the Baviaans River valley north ...

Delville Wood War Memorial

The Somerset East War Memorial (also called the Delville Wood Memorial) is ...

Great Fish River Museum

The Great Fish River Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of ...

P W Vorster Museum (Grootfontein)

The PW Vorster Museum at the Grootfontein Agricultural Institute is housed in ...

Nieu-Bethesda Dutch Reformed Church

In 1875, a commission appointed by the Graaff-Reinet Dutch Reformed Church, purchased ...

Ganora Private Fossil Museum

Ganora Guest Farm is a sheep farm situated just outside Nieu Bethesda in the ...

Urquhart House Museum

The large erf at the southern extremity of Market Square, on which ...

Middelburg Stoel Monument

On 4 September 1901, during the South African War, the famed British ...

The Old Blackstone Power Station

The Old Blackstone Power Station, which supplied the town with power until ...

Olive Schreiner House Museum

Olive Schreiner House at 9 Cross Street in Cradock is one of the houses in ...

Old Residency Museum

The former Residency, situated diagonally opposite Reinet House at the end of ...

The Owl House

Weird to some, wonderful to others, the Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda is ...

Art

Oukop Hill Lookout

For the best panoramic view of the whole of Cradock you have ...

Anglo Boer War Fort

Soon after the first shots were fired between the Boers and the ...

Sid Fourie Historical House Museum

Jansenville’s Museum, better known as the Sid Fourie House, stands on Brug ...

Military History Museum

The Military History Museum is the most recent addition to the Graaff-Reinet ...

Harry Potter Grave

JK Rowling, creator of the billion-dollar boarding school fantasy series, is famous ...

Middelburg Museum

The Museum Association was founded in 1983 with the prospect of establishing ...

Old Powder Magazine

The old Gunpowder Magazine was constructed on the crest of a barren ...

Grootfontein College of Agriculture

The history of Grootfontein dates back to 1781 when a certain Hendrik ...

Mohair Experience Museum

The Mohair Experience Museum was built next to the Jansenville Museum (Sid ...

Somerset East Museum

The Somerset East Museum is nestled at the foot of the Boschberg ...

Graaff-Reinet Town Hall and War Memorial

On 26 June 1902 the foundation stone of the new Town Hall ...

Norval’s Pont Concentration Camp Memorial

Right in the north of the Karoo Heartland on the border between ...

Die Groot Kerk

Graaff Reinet’s first recorded church was in Church Street. Building of a ...

Hester Rupert Art Museum

The foundation stone for this building was laid on 24 April 1821 ...

The Walter Battiss Art Museum

Walter Battiss was a master of oil painting and is still considered ...

Art

Olive Schreiner Sarcophagus

Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), was a political activist, feminist and author of the world-renowned ...

Steytlerville Pegasus Early Motoring Museum

Tucked away behind the Verandah Coffee Shop where ladies might lunch on ...

Willowmore and Steytlerville Monuments

Both Willowmore and Steytlerville have a number of historic buildings, churches and ...

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