Museums and Monuments in Capricorn Region

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  • Bakone Malapa Open Air MuseumCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Bakone Malapa Open Air Museum

    This museum invites visitors to take a step back in time and explore a traditional Bakone tribal village as it existed about 250 years ago.

    This open air living museum gives visitors the opportunity to gain insight into the background and history of the Bakone people who are a subgroup of the Northern Sotho tribe.

    Bakone Malapa literally means Bakone Homestead and the village, set on the original site of an ancient village, and has been superbly Reconstructed in the traditional Northern Sotho way.

    Archaeological excavations have been carried out in the area around Bakone Malapa Museum and evidence, including nearby rock paintings, has led researchers to conclude that this area was first occupied by the San tribe quite some time before being occupied by the Bakone people.

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    Located about 9km South of City of Polokwane along the road to Lebowakgomo (Road R 37).
    Tel.: 15 295 2432,
  • Eersteling Monuments Capricorn Region - Polokwane
    Eersteling Monuments

    The site of the country's first gold crushing site and its first gold power plant are marked by monuments.

    Eersteling also played a significant part in history, at the siege of Marabastad on 17 March 1881. The Boers brought in two old boats, with obsolete guns, and used handmade ammunition.

    The round shot ammunition was handcrafted from beaten iron, beaten iron that came from the Eersteling Mining Company.

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    18km from Polokwane on the N1 to Makopane
  • Elim Hospital MuseumCapricorn Region - Polokwane

    Swiss Missionaries started Elim Hospital in 1899. There is a Museum within the hospital yard that is being renovated so that visitors can view and get a historical understanding of the hospital.

    This includes the history of the Swiss Missionaries, Anglo-Boer War and the local Chief, Njhaka-Njhaka, who leased the land to these Missionaries for 100 years.

    The Missionaries brought religion to the people of Njhaka-Njhaka and churches and schools were built for the community.   


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    Capricon, Polokwane
    Tel.: 15 556 3201,
  • Ga-Mothapo Rock Art SiteCapricorn Region - Polokwane

    This is an open rock shelter on the hilltop of a small mountain at Ga – Mothapo (Makgokubung Village) with only monochrome paintings.

    The site is regarded as the place where SAN rested for few days on their way to the Kalahari.

    There is also an artificial cave in the Irish House Museum where these kinds of rock paintings are depicted to show the visitors how a rock art site looks like.

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    Ga-Mothapo rock art site is located South of Polokwane Central Business District, south west of the main tarred road R71 from Polokwane to Tzaneen,on farm portion Last hoek 1054 LS. The site is situated on granite quartzite sand stone ridge, south western section of Makgokopong village (Mothapo area)
    Tel.: 15 290 2010 ,
  • Hugh Exton Photographic MuseumCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Hugh Exton Photographic Museum

    The museum is housed in a Duch Revormed church built in Polokwane South Africa, in the 1890's.

    The very valuable cultural, history collection, consisting of more than 23 000 photos taken by Hugh Exton are mainly of Polokwane and its people and dates from the early 1890's to about 1945.

    While negatives unlock the mysteries of yesteryear, the original (now somewhat delicate and fragile) photographs are preserved in this old church.

    The exhibitions cover a variety of topics such as, the birth and development of Polokwane, architecture, industries, clothing, trade and famous town residents.

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    Tel.: 15 290 2186,
  • Irish House MuseumCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Irish House Museum

    National Cultural History Museum - It’s a building that used to be the first clothing shop and later declared a monument by the National Monument Council, now South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA).

    This cultural history museum hosts a vast collection of various items which are of cultural, scientific and historical
    value. At times our exhibition covers all the ethnic groups in the Limpopo province.

    Any exhibition done in this historical museum has a theme and a message that it conveys to the visitors.

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    Located adjacent to Metropolitan Centre @ CNR. Thabo Mbeki & Market Str.
    Tel.: 15 290 2182 , Website:
  • Melted GunsCapricorn Region - Polokwane

    At the end of the war against Magoeba in 1893, all the guns that were confiscated were burnt. This gun/metal memorial was found in 1975 when the golf course was built.

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    Polokwane, 0700
    Tel.: 15 290 2177, Fax: 15 290 2255
  • Polokwane MuseumCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Polokwane Museum

    The Polokwane Museum was built in 1906 by Moschke, a German immigrant and in 1920 he sold the museum to JA Jones. Mr Jones gave the museum the name of 'Irish House'. The building is from the beautiful Late Victorian style and was restored to its original splendour in 1986 when it was declared as a museum.

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    Tel.: 15 290 2183,
  • Voortrekker ParkCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Voortrekker Park

    Voortrekker history is commemorated by a symbolic memorial to the 1838 Great Trek.

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    Located within Polokwane CBD at the corner of Thabo Mbeki and Burger Street near the public swimming Pool.
    Tel.: 15 294 1000 ,