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About the War Museum

One of the most significant events in the history of South Africa was the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Although the protagonists were Britain and the two Boer Republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State, the population of South Africa as a whole became embroiled in the war either directly or indirectly.

The War Museum in Bloemfontein provides an understanding of the background against which the Anglo-Boer War took place through its unique art collection, dioramas and exhibitions. The course and development of the war unfolds in front of your eyes as you progress through the museum. You are also afforded a glimpse into the life and suffering endured in the concentration and prisoner-of-war camps.

We are immensely proud of this historical landmark in South Africa, and urge everyone who wants to understand this part of South African history, to pay us a visit.


Sol Plaatje Virtual Tour

The Museum is proud to share this Virtual Tour of the Sol Plaatje Hall. This is the start of a long-term project to create a complete virtual tour of the Museum. The project will proceed in stages, with the Sol Plaatje Virtual Tour as Stage 1.

Document & Photo Archive

The War Museum strives to make its unique collection digitally available to the general public as well as for academic and commercial purposes. This service is provided at a predetermined fee to fund the conservation of the original items as well as for future digitization projects. Sign in and register to explore our document & photo archives.

Fee Structure

View the fee structure – click here

Want to donate to the museum?

Donating to the museum would insure that we keep on growing and doing what we do, in the best way possible. By clicking “Donate”, you will be taken to our contact page where our banking details are displayed. Your donation is extremely appreciated.

Latest Publications

The Wilted Flower Series: A Petal falls through time
Die Oorlogsmuseum van die Boererepublieke 1931-2008
2009-2020: The War Museum of the Boer Republics
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Die Museum sê 𝗗𝗔𝗡𝗞𝗜𝗘 vir 'n geseënde jaar.

Kom sluit die jaar af saam met ons op 𝟭 𝗗𝗲𝘀 by ons 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀𝗲𝗴𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗻 𝗩𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘀.

Bring komberse en stoele en geniet die spesiale diens en sang.
Kos en koeldrank sal te koop wees.

Hospice Bloemfontein Charity Shop is oop tot 18:00

𝗧𝗼𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘀! 

Sien jou daar!
The Museum says 𝗧𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗞 𝗬𝗢𝗨 for a blessed year.

Come end the year with us on 𝟭 𝗗𝗲𝗰 at our 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲.

Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the special service and singing.
Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Hospice Bloemfontein Charity Shop is open until 18:00

𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲!

See you there!
NO to Gender Based Violence against Women and Children!

The Museum is dedicated to support the fight against GBV, and will never let the voices of the more that 50 000 black and white women and children who died in the war, be silenced.

NEE vir Geslagsgeweld teen Vroue en Kinders!

Die Museum ondersteun die geveg teen Geslagsgeweld en sal nie dat die stemme van die meer as 50 000 swart en wit vroue en kinders wat gesterf het in die oorlog, stil word nie.
𝐍𝐞𝐞𝐦 𝐚𝐬𝐛 𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐬! 
Die Museum sal Vrydag, 24 November 2023 vir die publiek gesluit wees vir 'n Museum funksie.

Die Museum sal weer Saterdag, 25 November 2023, 10:00, oop wees vir die publiek.
𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞!
The Museum will be closed for the public on Friday, 24 November 2023 for a Museum Function. 

The Museum will be open to the public again on Saturday, 25 November at 10:00.
Sterkte Proteas!
Good Luck Proteas! 
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