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The Reinet House

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Address: Murray Street, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 49 892 3801
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Another gem of the country deteriorating at the speed of light

We were looking forward to visit this historical building. Standing in front of the house we were disappointed to see the vast abatement of the building - windows missing, the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
Christo M
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Paarl, South Africa
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Paarl, South Africa
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We were looking forward to visit this historical building. Standing in front of the house we were disappointed to see the vast abatement of the building - windows missing, the thatch roof falling apart, paint peeling of the walls. The inside is well kept and very interesting and worth the time spend there. The grounds also need special attention and... More 

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East London, South Africa
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

It is always interesting to see how people lived in the past. There were some very interesting pieces in the museum but there were quite a few items that needed some sort of explanation on how they worked or what they were for. Most of the pieces had a label indicating what the piece was but left us confused as... More 

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1 Thank AmzHZA
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Came here to see the grapevine and get some "Withond". The place has been well kept and there is definitely Karoo friendliness. Entrance is however quite expensive!

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Brenham, TX USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Displays of not only the furnishings of the time of the Governor's residence but also other fascinating items in the carriage barn and downstairs in the museum. The ancient grape vine is amazing .. the oldest in South Africa they say.

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Thank SuzanneBrenham_TXUSA
Calitzdorp, South Africa
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

We really enjoyed our visit to Reinet house - incredibly interesting and informative - a step back in time!

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

What an interesting place to visit! A well kept place which once was the parsonage in Graaff Reinet. Beautiful displayed. The furniture in the various rooms are really so lovely and so beautiful. Down stairs there are different collection from the olden days ie. sewing machines, toys and dolls, a doctors and dentist room and here you can spend a... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Allow yourself plenty of time to visit this museum. I would suggest 1.5 to 2 hours. The floor space convered by this museum is huge. There is a very wide variety of exhibits, some of which I wouldn't have expected to see there. The expected, but lovely exhibits are the Cape Dutch furniture and artefacts, and history of the Murray... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you only see one museum in Graaff Reinet, you must go to The Reinet House. It is a magnificent old house, beautifully preserved, with history and memories in every room. We spent at least an hour or more examining all the wonderful, interesting exhibits.

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Thank tanias103
Johannesburg
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202 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

The building has been beautifully restored after a fire. The exhibits are extensive but not overwhelming and provides a good insight into the lifestyle of the time and the influence of the Presbyterian ministers from Scotland on the Afrikaners.

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Thank BertusJHB
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Once the centre of the town the history of this building offers amazing information that once simply can not help slip away into the past, imagining what things were like and picturing yourself within the era. I had to force myself to leave this building. I have been there many times, and every single time the visits just become more... More 

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