This is a well-preserved example of an early 19th century Cape Dutch H-shaped house. The exact date the house was built during the ownership of Johannes Jacobus Gerber who owned the property from 1819 to 1831 is unknown. The building has a simple pediment front gable with pilasters that are continued downward flanking the front door. The end gables are “holbol” type with double steps at the base of the top segment. Above the door is a first rate fanlight.
After many changes of ownership the S A Government acquired it in July 1916 for the official residence of the Magistrate and it was then that the building acquired the name “The Residency” which it remained until 1978 when it became the annex to Reinet House.
There are five rooms of displays: 1899-1902 Anglo Boer War room with interesting articles and photographs, a collection of sporting rifles, DMR Memorabilia of the Second World War, a Music Room filled with vintage and antique instruments and a display of local rafts from the region.
When planning your trip to Graaff-Reinet please take note of the Museums` hours, especially over weekends and public holidays. Avoid disappointment and plan ahead.
Monday - Thursday 08:00 – 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
Saturdays 09:00 – 13:00
Sundays 09:00 – 13:00
Public holidays 09:00 – 13:00
PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL MUSEUMS ARE OPEN OVER WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.
Phone 049 8925650 / 049 8923801 to confirm which will be open over these days.
Premises used for wedding pictures
Guided tours on request
Educational tour on request
The Graaff-Reinet Museums are so understaffed that they cannot embark on genealogical research when visitors request immediate assistance. Please make an appointment well in advance (not the day before) so that we can arrange for someone to assist and give our undivided attention.
Entrance fee :
Adults: R30 - Learners: R15
DISCOUNTED RATE FOR MULTIPLE MUSEUMS:
1 Museum: R30 per person - R15 per learner
2 Museums: R50 per person - R20 per learner
3 Museums: R70 per person - R30 per learner
4 Museums: R90 per person - R40 per learner
5 Museums: R120 per person - R50 per learner
1 Museum: R25 per person
2 Museums: R40 per person
3 Museums: R60 per person