Pellissier House, in Voortrekker Street, was built for Reverend Jean Pierre Pellissier, a missionary working in Bethulie during the period 1833-1867. It was erected in 1834-35, by a French missionary, C Gosselin craftsman of the French Mission Society who previously lived in Basutoland (Lesotho).

The woodwork was fashioned from willow originating from the banks of the Orange River, whilst the pitched roof was covered with reeds.

The original house had seven rooms with the front door facing East. The flat roofed area was added on in stages between 1852-1856.

Pellisier Museum is housed in this original mission station building and depicts the history of the area, including an exhibition on the Anglo-Boer War and concentration camp.

The building is one of the oldest settler-built buildings north of the Gariep.

The private cemetry holds the remains of the Reverend Pellissier, his wife, his father, four of his children and some grandchildren.


Monday to Friday, 08h00 - 16h00

Saturdays & Sundays by appointment only

Please note

The Pellissier Museum is a NPO organisation run by the local town's people themselves. Please donate generously to this good cause.

Contact Us

Pellissier House Museum
 Trudie Venter

1 Voortrekker Street
9992 Bethulie
Free StateSouth Africa
30° 29′ 37.932″ S, 25° 58′ 31.174″ E
cell: +27 83 630 8849
work: +27 61 763 0939

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