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The Military History Museum is situated in the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The Museum is the most recent addition to the Graaff-Reinet Museums Group. It was established in 2005 and was built along the same lines as a stable in the same complex as Reinet House Museum, to ensure the same architectural style of the other buildings in the complex.

The military history of the area is rich and varied and the Museum provides an overview of the history between the 1800’s and June 2007. On display are exhibitions detailing major moments that the town played in the country’s historical landscape.

The five Museums, namely Reinet House, Old Library, Old Residency, Urquhart House and the Military History Museum are all governed by a Board of Trustees, and are subsidised by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture. This group of Museums, which are all unique cultural gems and an integral part of the town, make Graaff-Reinet one of the most historically significant sites in South Africa. All these builds are either in the same complex or in close proximity to each other and are all well worth a visit.

Things to do and see

  • Guided & Educational Tours
  • Anglo-Boer War Exhibition (South African War)
  • Graaff-Reinet Commando Exhibition (WWI)
  • Die Middellandse Regiment Exhibition (WWII)
  • Regiment Groot Karoo Exhibition


A nominal admission fee is charged. Please contact the Museum directly to confirm pricing.

Monday to Thursday, 08h00 - 16h00

Friday, 08h00 - 16h00

Only open two Saturdays per month (contact the Museum for the schedule)

Sunday & Public Holidays, Closed


Rainfall occurs mainly in the autumn months, with March seeing the highest levels. Winter nights can drop below freezing.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 11˚C and 30˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 16˚C.


There are flights into Port Elizabeth International Airport, from all major cities in South Africa, on a daily basis. Car hire facilities are available and the airport is approximately 264 km from Graaf-Reinet. 

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