South Africa
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Another satellite Museum of the National Museum in Bloemfontein is the Wagon Museum. It is located on the same premises as the First Raadsaal Museum and is the proud home of a collection of the original wagons and carriages used generations ago by the first Settlers and Voortrekkers in South Africa.

The Museum tells the history of transport in the area as well as the development of transport through the ages. The exhibition also includes how the wagon wheel was made. The historical collection includes carriages, coaches and wagons from the original Vooretrekker Ox Wagon to the transport used by the black people during the early 1900's, which was added in 2009.

The building housing the two Museums was proclaimed a National Monument in 1936 as it was truly rich in history and culture and was the original home of the National Museum. In 1975 it was restored to reflect its intriguing historical role and reopened for public viewing in 1977, exactly 100 years after the founding of the National Museum.

Things to do and see

  • Voortrekkers Ox Wagons
  • Stage Coaches
  • Transport Wagons
  • Spring Wagons
  • Mule Wagons
  • Spider Cart
  • Cape Cart
  • Development of Transport Exhibition
  • Making of the Wagon Wheel Exhibition
  • Transport used by the black people in the early 1900's Exhibition


There is no admission fee.

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

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