Barberton Museum started in 1898 with a collection of geological samples. Through the years the museum has expanded and now consists of the Main Museum, Belhaven House Museum, Stopforth House Museum, Fernlea Museum and Krugerhof Museum.
The Main Museum houses displays on the general and cultural history of Barberton and its immediate surrounding areas. Here you will find information on the rich geology of the area with some of the oldest rocks in the world on display. A visit to the museum will take you on a journey through the Stone Age, Iron Age, Barberton’s military history and mining history. Also on display are the Victorian cultural history and the cultural history of the emaSwati.
Main Museum, Fernlea House, Krugerhof House
Belhaven House, Stopforth House
The Barberton Museum archives consists of, amongst other, Newspapers dating back 1886, old property records, photos and various personal documents donated to the museum by families who lived in the area. The artefact collection consists of Stone Age and Iron Age artefacts, mining artefacts, household and commercial artefacts and geological samples.
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All school visits have to be booked in advance. Bookings can be made telephonically at 013 712 4208 or via email at email@example.com. The cost for school bookings is R 10 per child. School bookings are limited to one school per day and no school bookings will be made over weekends or public holidays.
During the school tour the pupils will be given a lecture on the local emaSwati history, the general and natural history of the Barberton area and the national symbols of South Africa. The lecture is followed with a tour of the main exhibition and then the heritage walk with full tours of the two house museums, Belhaven House and Stopforth House. The heritage walk is a circular tour that ends back at the Main Museum. The average school tour lasts three hours, depending on the size of the group.
Lectures on specific topics relevant to the museum can be organized when the booking is made.
DONATION OF ARTEFACTS
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Once an object has been offered as a donation to the museum, the following process will be followed:
RETURNS AND RESTITUTIONS
36 Pilgrim Street Barberton
Tel: 013 766 5242
Weekdays/Weekends: 09:00 – 16:00 (Open on Public Holidays)
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