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Address: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
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Old residency museum

Another excellent museum with a brilliant display of firearms, antique photography equipment, music instruments and other items. The lady who was in attendance was very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2015
Bernard P
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the museums we chose on the museum ticket special (3 for 60 rand) and it was definitely the least impressive of the three. The docent was not very friendly and unless you're interested in old photographs and equipment, tire's not much to see.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Another excellent museum with a brilliant display of firearms, antique photography equipment, music instruments and other items. The lady who was in attendance was very enthusiastic and was happy to play some of the antique instruments for us. She was informative without being intrusive. Another museum I would definitely recommend. Be vigilant and look for all the hidden treasures such... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Interesting collection of music boxes. Also a gun collection downstairs. Old books are available to purchase. The lady was very attentive and played two of the music boxed.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Being a history and photography enthusiast I was pleased to visit the Old Residency Museum. Great collection of cameras and photographs of the early settler days in South Africa. Came as part of a trip around a couple of the Graaf Reinet Museums, you buy a ticket and select which Museums to visit, all within walking distance of each other.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

Very very good!! The photography equipment was amazing along with the thousands of photographs that captured the faces and places of South Africa over a hundred years ago. My husband was especially in awe of the vast array of firearms.

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Thank McGill_Tripper
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

The old residency tells you the history of the house. There are different exhibitions of photography, printing, fire-arms and music under one roof. Really worth a visit.

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Cape St Francis, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

We started our wanderings through Graaff-Reinet at this museum - You can pay for a single visit or buy a combi-ticket which allows entrance to 5 or 6 different museums around the town. Walking through the doors really takes one back more than 150 years and shows the hardship and tenacity of the peoples who lived in the early 1800's.... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2014

Like the Reinet House, not very authentic, but I guess there can only be so many period houses as they originally were, and the rest must be used to display old stuff. Having themed rooms- photography, music, rifles, etc- gives an interesting view on how things have developed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

a small museum lots of old stuff to see, just nice to spend a few hours in combination ticket wish other buildings

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

The Old Residency Museum is a Cape Dutch style house in Parsonage Street. It was declared a National Monument in 1962. The museum has interesting exhibits from the William Roe Photos, the old firearms and a music room in the beautiful old house with wooden floors. The museum is clean and is was a pleasure to visit. Tip: Graaff-Reinet has... More 

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