"Drostdy Museum, Swellendam, a virtual visit to our South African heritage"

The Drostdy Museum was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1747 to serve as residence and official headquarters for the Landdrost. Soon after a gaol, a house for the secretary, a mill and various outbuildings were erected.


The first Landdrost to be appointed to this district was Johannes Theophilus Rhenius and he was assisted by a board of burger heemraden and subordinates like secretary and a gaoler as well as many slaves. From 1827 the Drostdy was occupied by the civil commissioner who, with the resident magistrate, replaced the board of Landdrost and heemraden when they were abolished by the British colonial government.


In 1846 the government sold the Drostdy and the property was subdivided. In 1855 the former Drostdy was bought by the Steyn family and it remained in the hands of this family until 1939 when it was bought by the government of the Union of South Africa for the purpose of establishing a museum.

LAUNCHING TODAY IS THE DROSTDY MUSEUM's FIRST 3D VIRTUAL TOUR


Come and enjoy a free virtual walk through the idyllic 274 year Drostdy building with graceful furniture and exceptional atmosphere. The Drostdy Museum is proud and honored to say it is the first museum of Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport to present such a virtual tour. The museum hereby conveys a sincere invite to the public to take this tour and to be part of this exciting adventure.
  • About Us

    About Us
    The Drostdy was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1747

    Ambagswerf

    Ambagswerf
    Farming was the chief occupation in this region as self-sufficiency was necessary

    The Old Gaol

    The Old Gaol
    The old gaol was built shortly after the Drostdy

    Mayville House Museum

    Mayville House Museum
    Officially opened to the public as a house museum in 1978

    Zanddrift Farm

    Zanddrift Farm
    Jacobus Botha who acquired grazing rights for Zanddrift

    Exhibitions

    Exhibitions
    The parlour was the grandest room in medium-sized town houses and was used on special