Museums & Momuments

The Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum

Bakone Malapa MuseumDepicts the traditional and modern-day lifestyle of the Bakone people. The museum is centered on a traditional village still occupied by members of the tribe, who sell various crafts to tourists.

Background information can be obtained in the visitor center. Within the museum complex are archaeological sites with remains of iron- and copper-smelting installations, as well as rock paintings from around 1000 B.C.

 

 

 

 

The Irish House — Historic building which functions as a museum.

Irish HouseConveniently situated across the road from the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum and Civic Centre, Polokwane Museum is an excellent spot to while away a few hours.Occupying a lovely late Victorian shop built in 1906, the building was beautifully restored in 1986 and is now a National Monument.

Here you can discover the secrets of this city and surrounding region as well as Stone Age and Iron Age artefacts. A highlight of the museum is a display depicting the colourful traditional cultures of Limpopo people.

Complete your trip back in time and stroll across the street to the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum for an insight into the gold rush days of Polokwane’s beginnings.

 

 

 

Hugh Exton Photographic Museum

Hugh Exton Photographic MuseumTake a trip back in time and catch glimpses of yesteryear at the Hugh Exton Photographic Museum.Boasting a 23 000-strong cultural and historical photo collection taken between 1892 and 1945, the museum is well worth a visit.

Valuable original glass negatives capture the fascinating first few years of the town’s history on celluloid taken by photographer, Hugh Exton. The collection unlocks the mysteries of Polokwane’s bygone era with of images of architecture, industry, clothing, trade and famous town residents.

The museum is housed in the beautiful 1890s Dutch Reformed church. Bookings are essential. +27 (0)15 290 2186

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