Old Library Museum, Graaff-Reinet
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  • Longitude: 24.53554
  • Latitude: -32.25115
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Business Hours

  • Visiting hours :

    • Monday - Friday 08h00 - 13h00
      14h00 - 17h00
    • Saturday - 09h00 - 15h00
    • Sunday - 09h00 - 16h00
    • Public holidays - 09h00 - 17h00

Rates

  • Entrance fee :

    • Adults - R12
    • Learners - R5

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  • Rates may vary and reduced rates may apply to additional persons. All rates are indicative only, may be seasonal and are subject to change without notice.

About 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

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.

VISITING HOURS
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
 SERVICES
Museum Shop
Premises used for wedding pictures 
Guided tours on request
Educational tour on request

VISITING HOURS
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.

SERVICES
Museum Shop
Premises used for wedding pictures 
Guided tours on request
Educational tour on request

Map and Directions to Old Library Museum, Graaff-Reinet

GPS : 32° 15' 4.14" S / 24° 32' 8.84" E

From Murraysburg / Richmond

  • Enter Graaff-Reinet on the R63 and turn left into Caledon Street (R63) at the second cross intersection
  • Immediately past the big church turn right into Kerk Street
  • The Old Library Museum is the first house on the left as you cross Somerset Street.

From Middelburg

  • Enter Graaff-Reinet on the N9 and turn right into Caledon Street at the garage
  • Turn left into Kerk Street at the big church
  • The Old Library Museum is the first house on the left as you cross Somerset Street.

From Port Elizabeth

  • Enter Graaff-Reinet on the N9 (R61), cross the bridge and continue up Kerk Street
  • Pass Parsonage Street and The Old Library Museum is the house on the corner of Somerset Street.

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