The Western Cape Sights

Drostdy Museum

  • 18 Swellengrebel St. Map It
  • Swellendam

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

The centerpiece of the town's historical past is the Drostdy Museum, a collection of buildings dating from the town's earliest days. The Drostdy was built in 1747 by the Dutch East India Company to serve as the residence of the landdrost, the magistrate who presided over the district. The building is furnished in a style that was common in the mid-19th century. A path leads through the Drostdy herb gardens to Mayville, an 1855 middle-class home that blends elements of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architecture. Across Swellengrebel Street stand the old jail and the Ambagswerf, an outdoor exhibit of tools used by the town's blacksmiths, wainwrights, coopers, and tanners.

Sight Information


18 Swellengrebel St., Swellendam, Western Cape, 6740, South Africa

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Sight Details:

  • R25
  • Weekdays 9–4, weekends 10–3

Published 03/07/2016


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