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The Potchefstroom Museum is situated in the town of Potchefstroom in the North West Province, South Africa.

The Museum combines the historical and cultural past of the area by explaining the story of four diverse characters, a Voortrekker leader, a President of the South African republic, an artist and finally a poet. Memories of these four men linger on in this picturesque Highveld town.

Andries Potgieter was the Voortrekker Leader who founded the town, President Pretorius made the town his home, Otto Landsberg had most of his artwork on permanent exhibition in the town and Totius was Potchefstrooms resident poet and writer whose lasting legacy was his translation of the Bible into Afrikaans.

The main historical themes of the Museum are The Great Trek, the South African Republic and the two wars of independence. The art gallery of the Museum showcases and impressive collection of Langberg’s work as well as pieces form other well renowned South African artists.

The President Pretorius Museum and Totius House Museum are also managed by the Potchefstroom Museum and are in close proximity, well worth a visit after.

Things to do and see

  • Guided Tours
  • Art Gallery
  • Otto Landsberg Art Exhibition
  • President Pretorius Museum
  • Totius House Museum


No Admission fee is charged.

Mondayto Friday, 10h00 - 17h00 (closed between 13h00 and 14h00)

Saturday, 09h00 - 13h00

Sunday, 14h30 - 16h30


Potchefstroom experiences its rainfall in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 18˚C.


Road trips from Johannesburg to Potchefstroom will take approximately one and a half hours (123 km) via the N12.

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