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Bloemfontein Museums

Free State Agricultural Museum

The Free State Agricultural Museum at Glen Agricultural College houses fascinating displays of antique farming implements, depicting the history of farming in the Free State.


Location: Glen

Address: Gielie Joubert Street

Hours: Mo-Fri: 07:30-16:00

Sat & Sun Closed

Tel: +2751-8611182/ 8611012

Wagon Museum

The Wagon Museum in St George Street, housed in the First Raadsaal building, is a tribute to the various modest means of transport used during bygone days. It houses a collection of historical wagons and carriages, such as stage coaches and Cape carts.

Location: 95 St. George Street

Address: P O Box 266, BFN, 9300

Hours: Mon – Fri:  10:00 – 13:00

Sat & Sun: 14:00 – 17:00

Tel: +2751-4479610

Entrance: Free

Web:    www.nasmus.co.za

Oliewenhuis Art Museum

This stately neo-Cape Dutch house was built to accomodate visiting Governor-General and Head of State. It became a gallery in 1985. Surrounded by 12 hectares of natural vegetation on Grant’s Hill, Oliewenhuis Art Museum offers access to four marked walking trails through unspoilt natural surroundings.The permanent Collection housed at Oliewenhuis is an outstanding collection of South African art, which includes a unique outdoor Sculpture Park and a working African Carousel, for which original sculptures were commissioned. Location: Harry Smith Street


Address: P O Box 266, BFN, 9300

Hours: Mon – Fri:        08:00 – 17:00

Saturdays:       10:00 – 17:00

Sundays:         13:00 – 17:00

Tel: +2751-4479609

Entrance: Free – Enjoy the tea garden!!

e-mail: oliewen@nasmus.co.za

web: www.nasmus.co.za

Special Service Battalion Museum:

The Unit Museum, at the Tempe Military Base, commemorates the efforts of the “One Special Service Battalion”. This special battalion was created to encourage and employ the many despondent young men who were unemployed as a result of the raging Depression of the 1930s. Articles in this military museum date back to the year 1933.


Location: Tempe Military Base

Hours: Mon – Fri

08:00 – 16:00

Tel: +2751-402 1400/ +2751-402 9111

Freshford House Museum

The Freshford House Museum, in Kellner Street, gives the visitor an intimate glimpse into the old-world charm of the 1890s, an era of gracious living, romance and elegance. Built in 1897, by the British architect, John Edwin Harrison, for his new bride, the house was restored and refurbished to mint condition by the National Museum. A typical Edwardian garden was also recreated and planted with old English roses. Location: 31 Kellner Street


Address: P O Box 266, Bloemfontein,

Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00-13:00

Sat & Sun: 14:00-17:00

Tel: +2751-4479609

Entrance: Adults: R10,00

Child: R5.00

e-mail: mimi@nasmus.co.za

Hertzog House Museum The Hertzog House Museum is situated in Goddard Street, in the homestead of former Boer General and later Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, JBM Hertzog. He lived in the house from 1895 to 1928. His Monument towers over Hertzog Square. 19 Goddard Street
Institute for Contemporary History The Institute, on the campus of the University of the Free State, exhibits important paintings, busts and objects relating to political leaders and state presidents. On the campus of the University of the Free State
Anglo-Boer War Museum

The War Museum is dedicated to the South African men who fought against the British in the Anglo-Boer War and other struggles in South Africa. This Museum is a standard source of reference and material for students of the Anglo-Boer War. Its exhibits include photographs, paintings, documents, books, uniforms, weapons and sculptures from that time.


Location: Monument Road

Address: P O Box 704, BFN, 9300

Hours: Mon – Fri:  08:30 – 16:30

Saturday:   10:00 – 17:00

Sunday:      14:00 – 17:00

Tel: +2751-4473447

Entrance: A: R10,00; C:  R5,00

e-mail: museum@anglo-boer.co.za

Web: www.anglo-boer.co.za

Fire Brigade Museum

The largest fire brigade museum in South Africa displays 15 vintage fire engines, firefighting and ambulance equipment, old photographs and uniforms.


Location: Ehrlich Park Fire Station

Hours: By appointment

Tel: +2751-4058730

Web:    www.mangaungfire.co.za

e-mail: braam.vanzyl@mangaung.co.za

Jukskei Museum The privately owned Jukskei Museum, the only one of its kind in the world, presents the visitor with an overview of the origin and development of this truly South African sport. Visits to the museum can only be arranged by prior appointment with the owner.
National Museum

The National Museum in Bloemfontein is a natural history, cultural history and art museum. It houses a large variety of archaeological and palaeontological exhibits, of which the Florisbad skull is the most famous and known all over the world. Another interesting exhibit at the museum is the reconstructed street scene that takes the visitor back to the turn of the 19th/20th centuries.


The 50 horsepower, seven cylinder, air-cooled rotary engine of the Gnome type that was donated to the museum by one of South Africa’s early aviators, the engineer John Weston, in 1929, is the oldest aero-engine of its kind in the country.

The museum also includes a large number of artefacts that depict the culture and lifestyle of the Sotho people. The Rock Art Department is another very important feature of the museum.

Location: c/o Aliwal & Charles Streets

Address: P O Box 266, Bloemfontein,

Hours: Mon-Fri:  08:00-17:00

Sat:        10:00-17:00

Sun:       12:00-17:30

Tel: +2751-4479609

Entrance: Adults: R5,00

Children: R3,00

Groups: Special prices

Web: www.nasmus.co.za

e-mail: nkoe@sac.fs.gov.za

National Afrikaans Literary Museum and Research Centre This museum is housed in the Cape Dutch style Old Government Building, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the architect who also designed the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The museum focuses on the birth and development of Afrikaans. It houses more than a million items connected with the Afrikaans literary heritage. Location: c/o Pres.Brand & Elizabeth
Address: Priv. Bag x20543, BFN, 9300Hours: Mon – Fri:  08:00 – 16:00Tel: +2751-47114013

Entrance: Free e-mail: lcvnaln@sacr.gov.za

National Sesotho Literary Museum

Discuss with Ntate Mahanke @ Afrikaans Museum.

Location:c/o Pres Brand & Maitland Str

Address: Private Bag x20543, Bfn

Hours: Mon – Fri:  08:00 – 16:00

Tel: +2751-4054242/ 4301

Entrance: Free

e-mail: malintjam@sac.fs.gov.za

National Women’s Memorial

The National Women’s Memorial, sculpted by Anton Van Wouw in the form of a 36, 5 m high sandstone obelisk, honors the nearly 27 000 women and children who lost their lives in concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War. The statue of two somber women holding a dying child adorns the base of the obelisk that also holds the ashes of Emily Hobhouse, the renowned Englishwoman, who did much to ease the suffering of the Boer women and children in the concentration camps. Beloved Boer leader, General CR de Wet, President and Mrs MT Steyn and the Reverend JD Kestell are buried at the foot of the monument.


Location: Monument Road

Address: P O Box 704, BFN, 9300

Hours: Mon – Fri:  08:30 – 16:30

Saturday:   10:00 – 17:00

Sunday:      14:00 – 17:00

Tel: +2751-4473447

Entrance: A: R10,00; C:  R5,00

e-mail: museum@anglo-boer.co.za

Web: www.anglo-boer.co.za

SA Armour Museum The school has a fine display of weapons and tanks and an early military hospital. It displays a wide range of armoured military vehicles and artillery. It consists of an indoor and outdoor area and a reference library.
Location: Tempe Military BaseHours: Mon – Fri:08:00 – 16:00

except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Tel: +2751-402 1700/

+2751 402 1777/ 2093

Cell: +2783 366 0367

Tempe Military Base, Bloemfontein

Weekdays: 09:00 – 16:00

Queen’s Fort Military Museum The Queen’s Fort Military Museum, in Church Street, depicts all the military conflicts that raged in the Free State and features exhibits dating from 1820 to the present. The fort was originally erected in 1848 by Boer forces to help withstand attacks by local Basotho tribes.
Location: 116 Church StreetAddress: Priv. BagX20599, BFN, 9300Hours: Mon – Fri:  07:00 – 15:30

Entrance: Free

Tel: +2751-4475478

Vintage Vehicle Collection The Vintage Vehicle Collection consists of a collection of vintage and classical cars, motorcycles and other motor memorabilia of the past 100 years. Visits can only be arranged by prior appointment with the owner.