Freshford House

Old Edwardian Classic

The National Museum in Bloemfontein acquired the house in 1982 and restored and furnished it to its original form. In 1986 the Freshford House Museum opened its doors to the public.

The house was designed and built in 1897 by architect John Edwin Harrison and depicts the charming lifestyle of the upper middle class of the Edwardian period. It is one of the few houses of this period that still exists today in Bloemfontein. He built the house for himself and his wife, Kate Caroline, after emigrating from England to South Africa in 1894.

The house museum is characterized by its unplastered red brick walls, bay windows, corrugated iron roof, cast-iron finishes and open verandah with carved wood and an asymmetrical façade finishing off the look. The late 1800’s was a transition period between the Late Victorian and Edwardian period and the house also incorporates elements of the Late Victorian era. To complement the house a beautiful Late Victorian garden was laid out, surrounding the home.

The Oliewenhuis Art Museum on Grant’s Hill is another satellite Museum owned by the National Museum of Bloemfontein and is also well worth a visit.

Things to do and see

  • Tour groups by arrangement
  • Edwardian period furniture
  • Edwardian Architecture
  • Late Victorian Gardens


There is a nominal admission fee of R10.00 however prices are subject to change so please contact the Museum directly to confirm prices.

x Please note that the Museum is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

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