OLD LIBRARY MUSEUM GRAAFF-REINET
While limited privately sponsored library facilities were available in Graaff-Reinet from about 1818, it was not until 1847 that the citizens of the town established a public library, subscribing funds to build the central portion of the present building in Church Street. The plot of ground was later donated by the Government. Although initially the lack of adequate funds retarded the growth of the library, it developed over the years into the town’s cultural centre. By 1878 the original building proved inadequate, necessitating the addition of the southern wing. In 1926 the northern wing was added on the site of the old branddam (a stone reservoir kept full of water for use in the event of fire).
This building served the town as its library until 1981 when a modern library was built in Parsonage Street. The municipality donated the old building to the Graaff-Reinet Museum which now uses it to house specialized collections. It was proclaimed a National Monument on 27 February 1987.
In 2005, with the assistance of the National Lottery Distribution fund, the Board of Trustees of the Museum developed the building to include conference facilities and exhibition areas to portray the history of the previously disadvantaged community of Graaff-Reinet.
The building contains the following exhibitions: Karoo Fossils, Slavery – long road to restitution, rock art and artifacts, achievers of Graaff Reinet and the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe display.
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
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
4 Museums: R80 per person
5 Museums: R110 per person