SAPS Museum in Ventersburg, Vrystaat
The local Rapportryers Corps., proposed that the old South African Constabulary Police Station and outbuildings in Ventersburg be renovated and converted into a satellite museum of the SAPS Museum in Pretoria and on 25 January 1983, plans were set in motion to restore the tiny, corrugated-iron, two-man police station. it was inaugurated on 29 October 1983 and was declared a national monument in 1987.
As of 1 April 1984, the curator of the Police Museum in Pretoria also became the Commander of the Ventersburg Museum. A member of the force, Constable Petro Engelbrecht, was permanently stationed there so that the museum could be open to the public every day.
The museum consists of the original police station which was built between 1902 and 1910 and was in use until 1951; which had two offices, a charge office and the station commander’s office.
It possesses various items of historical value such as the door of the prison cell in which the rebel, Jopie Fourie was detained in Pretoria prison. The inscription RAMC 1900 (Royal Army Medical Corps) on the door leading to the cells illustrates the connection with British forces during the Anglo-Boer War.
Visitors can view the horse stables, cells, pound and single quarters. The fence poles from the original fence are inscribed with the date 1895.
There are also several exhibitions of interesting murders in the Free State.
Information on more topical matters such as child abuse, drug abuse and rape can also be obtained from the museum.
Monday to Friday, 09h30 - 12h30, 13h30 - 15h30
For special tours outside of these hours please contact the museum.
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