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An overview of the North West museums
in South Africa

The following is an overview of most of the North West museums in South Africa by location, including descriptions, contact details and website addresses, where available.

North West, South Africa's the platinum province, is one of its smaller provinces.



Together with the Vaal Reef Gold Mines in Gauteng, the platinum mines of the province account for more then 50 per cent of South Africa's economic activity.

Museums in the North West province by location,..



Museum Africa  is located at the Newtown Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg, South Africa - North West Museums in South Africa
Museum Africa is located at the Newtown Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Tzaneen

The Klerksdorp Museum is housed in a number of buildings. The main museum, in the Old Gaol (1891), features archaeology, cultural history, geology, farm implements and vehicles. There are period exhibitions in the adjacent Warden's House, rotating exhibitions in Old Powder Magazine, and a mining museum is nearing completion.
North West Museums in South Africa
cnr Margaretha Prinsloo and Lombard Streets, Pienaarsdorp
Tel: (018) 462-.3546
Fax: (018) 464-1780
Mon-Fri: 10:00-13:00; 14:00-16:30
Sat: 9:30-12:00
Sun and public holidays: 14:00-17:00
Closed: Good Friday, 16 and 25 December

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Lichtenburg

The Ampie Bosman Cultural History Museum has modern exhibits on the founding and development of Lichtenburg, the discovery of diamonds, Gen J H de la Rey, and the siege of Lichtenburg.
Town Square
Web: http://www.lichtenburg.co.za/
Tel: (081) 632-5051
Cell: (082) 924-5983
Fax: (081) 632-5247
E-mail: museum@lichtenburg.co.za
Tues-Th: 10:00-17:00
Fri: 10:00-16:00
Sat: 10:00-12:00
Sun: closed

The Diggers Museum is housed in a diggers' church building.
Civic Centre, Melvill Street
Tel: (081) 632-5051
Cell: (082) 924-5983
Fax: (081) 632-5247
E-mail: museum@lichtenburg.co.za
Mon-Fri: 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Sat and public holidays: on request
Sun: closed

The North West Agricultural Museum contains wonderful collections of farm implements, tractors and blacksmith tools from the earliest history of mechanised agriculture in the region.
Melvill Street-south
Tel: (081) 632-5051
Cell: (082) 924-5983
Fax: (081) 632-5247
E-mail: museum@lichtenburg.co.za
Mon-Fri: 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Sat and public holidays: on request
Sun: closed

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Mafikeng

Displays in the Mafikeng Museum feature the local history and culture of the region - traditional medicine, pottery and grasswork; the Iron Age; Bushmen; regional indigenous history; the Siege of Mafikeng amd the life of the author, Sol Plaatje, who so graphically portrayed the Siege in his famous book.
Martin Street
Tel: (0140) 81-6102/0773
Fax: (0140) 81-5090
Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:00
Sat: 10:00-12:30

Molema House, the home of Sol Plaatje and Dr S M Molema, pays tribute to these important figures in South African history.
Suburb of Montshiwa
Tel: (018) 348-3040
Fax: (018) 381-6058

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Potchefstroom

The Goetz Fleischack Museum in the restored home of Andreas Marthinus Goetz, magistrate of Potchefstroom (1870-1881), is the only remaining example of the early townhouses which were erected around the New Market Square between 1850 and 1855. It is furnished in Victorian style.
cnr Gouws and Potgieter Streets
Tel: (0148) 299-5031
(0148) 294-8203
Mon-Fri: 09:00-13:00; 14:00-16:30

The Potchefstroom Museum is a cultural and historical museum that concentrates on local history.
North West Museums in South Africa
cnr Gouws and Wolmarans Streets
Tel: (0148) 299-5022
Fax: (0148) 294-8203
Mon-Th: 09:00-13:00; 14:00-19:00
Fri: 09:00-13:00; 14:00-16:30
Sat: 09:00-13:00
Sun: 14:30-17:00

It is believed that Marthinus Wessel Pretorius, first State President of the South African Republic, built the old Cape-style dwelling that now constitutes the President Pretorius Museum, with its coach-house, stable and smithy. The homestead (built in 1868), with its tranquil farmyard, recalls an urban Boer culture which has long since disappeared.
North West Museums in South Africa
Van der Hoff Avenue
Tel: (0148) 299-5036/7
Fax: (0148) 294-8203
Mon-Fri: 09:00-13:00; 14:00-16:30


Another house museum is the Totius House Museum, part of the Reformed Church complex and once the home of Totius (J. D. du Toit), translator of the Bible, poet, and theologist.
cnr Molen and Esselen Streets
Tel: (0148) 299-5046/7
Fax: (0148) 294-8203
Mon-Fri: 09:00-13:00; 14:00-16:30

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Phokeng

The Paul Kruger Country House Museum, situated on Boekenhoutfontein, the historic farm of President Paul Kruger, comprises various farm buildings, farmyard and a house museum.
5km north of Phokeng off R565 between Rustenburg and Sun City
Web: http://www.paulkruger.co.za
Tel: (014) 573-3218
Fax: (014) 573-3218
E-mail: kedar.retreat@pixie.co.za

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Buxton

The Taung Skull Heritage Site and Blue Pools is the site of the discovery of the Taung skull in the Buxton quarries in 1924. It consists of caves, streams and a re-opened mine shaft.
North West Museums in South Africa
South of the town of Buxton
Tel: (01405) 41975 or (053) 912904
Fax: (01405) 41975

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Broederstroom

The Lesedi Cultural Village consists of reconstructed Zulu, Ndebele, Sotho, Pedi and Xhosa homesteads.
On R 512 between Lanseria and Broederstroom
Tel: (012) 205-1394
Fax: (012) 205-1433
E-mail: lesedi@pixie.co.za

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Hartbeespoort

The Rainbow Cultural Village comprises reconstructed Bushman, Boer and Ndebele dwellings and informal houses which provide a glimpse into a day in the life of rural South Africa.
North West Museums in South Africa
8km west of Hartbeespoort Dam on the Rustenburg Road
Tel: (012) 258-0333
Fax: (012) 258-0510

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Winterveld

The Mapoch Ndebele Village is an authentic inhabited Ndebele village. 8 km west off M 35 Tswaing road (past Tswaing Crater Museum)
Tel: (012) 790-2302
Fax: (012) 790-2302
Daily 10:00-16:00

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Hebron

The Gaabo Motho Cultural Village comprises reconstructed Tswana, Ndebele, Venda, Zulu homesteads and a shack.
Stand 1596, Hebron off M 20 road between Rosslyn and Mabopane
Tel: (012) 563-0102/0165. Daily






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