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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

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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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