The exact date this house situated at the southern end of Market Square was built is unknown but it is assumed that it was built between 1806 and 1821. The building boasts a Cape neo-classical pilaster front gable ornamented with an anchor and numerous stars the reason for which is unknown.
After changing hands several times the house was bought in 1912 by Herbert Urquhart MBE a former mayor of Graaff Reinet. The municipality bought the property from the Urquhart estate in 1964 and having been the residence of Urquhart for over 50 years it became known as “Urquhart House”. In 1990 the town council transferred ownership of the house and remaining portion of the garden to the Graaff Reinet Museum.
The house contains many fine examples of period furniture, bric a brac and a unique peach pip kitchen floor.
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