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Address: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

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Beautiful and historic. A fact I have come to realise: My heart belongs in the Karoo....Graaff-Reinet more importantly!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2017
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The old residency was a good visit, although the cellar part of the house seems to be mismatch of ideas and dont have much to do with the old residency....

Thank 745tiaank
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Beautiful and historic. A fact I have come to realise: My heart belongs in the Karoo....Graaff-Reinet more importantly!

Thank DelanoEls
Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I am very fond of guns. As a european it was a surprise to find those guns, that I had never seen before. Of course there are more things to see. Friendly staff.

Thank juliantu
New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

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.

Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
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 

1 Thank Bernard P
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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.

Thank Melanie V
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 27 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.

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.

Thank Dorpshuys
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 

Thank ThaboCapeStFrancis

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