Places of Interest and Entertainment - Bloemfontein

Architecture and History

National Museum
Dinosaurs, Victorian Bloemfontein street scene, animals, bugs and other interesting things. Café and shop. Child and disabled friendly
Location: C/o Aliwal and Church Street
Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 – 17:00, Sat: 10:00 – 17:00, Sun: 12:00 – 17:30
Contact: 051 447 9609
Website: www.nasmus.co.za

Freshford House Museum
Restored Edwardian home of John Edwin Harrison, exhibits of toys, kitchen, bedroom and artifacts from the Victorian era.
Location: 31 Kellner Street
Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 13:00, Sat - Sun – 14:00 – 17:00
Contact: 051 447 9609 or mimi@nasmus.co.za
Website: www.nasmus.co.za

Queens Fort Military Museum
Military Museum showing the role of the South African army in the two world wars. Also weapons on display. Building dates back to 1848.
Location: Church Street
Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 16:00
Contact: 051 447 5478 or inas@sac.fs.gov.za

Rugby Museum – Choet Visser
Personal collection of Rugby memorabilia.
Location: 3 Innes Avenue, Waverley
Hours: On Request
Contact: 082 4921600

Fire Brigade Museum
Collection of Fire engines and other interesting equipment, the history of the Fire Brigade.
Location: Ehrlich Park Fire Station, Church Street
Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 – 17:00, Sat – 10:00 – 17:00, Sun – 12:00 – 17:30
Contact: 051 405 8730 or braam@civic.mangaung.co.za
Website: www.mangaungfire.co.za

Old Presidency
Stately sandstone home to prime ministers of the Orange Free State, now a museum of memorabilia from the period.
Location: C/o Pres. Brand and St George Street
Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 – 15:30
Contact: 051 448 0949 or maloro@sac.fs.gov.za

Appeal Court
Glorious example of sandstone architecture from 1929 and home to Free State legislature.
Location: C/n Pres. Brand and Charles Street, entrance on Elizabeth St.
Hours: By Appointment only
Contact: 051 447 2631

First Raadzaal
First house to be built in Bloemfontein, has been a school, a court and a church, now a museum of Bloemfontein history. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: St George Street
Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 13:00, Sat – Sun – 14:00 – 17:00
Contact: 051 447 9610
Website: www.nasmus.co.za

National Woman’s Memorial and War Museum
Museum dedicated to the woman and children who died in the Boer War Concentration Camps.
Location: Monument Road
Hours: Mon – Fri 8:03 – 16:30, Sat –10:00 – 17:00, Sun – 14:00 – 17:00
Contact: 051 447 3447 or museum@anglo-boer.co.za
Website: www.anglo-boer.co.za

Reserves and gardens
Naval Hill and Franklin Nature Reserve
Only game reserve within a city, giraffe and buck and 360 views of the city. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Union Avenue
Hours: 8:00 – 17:00
Contact: 051 405 8124 or nature@civic.mangaung.co.za

Free State Botanical Gardens
Indigenous gardens with walking trails, picnic spots and shop and restaurant. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Rayton Road
Hours: 8:00 – 18:00
Contact: 051 436 3530 or nyuleka@sanbi.co.za

Orchid House
Indoor collection of orchids. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Union Ave
Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 16:00, Sat – Sun – 10:00 – 17:00
Contact: 051 405 8488 or nature@civic.mangaung.co.za
Website: www.nasmus.co.za

Zoo and Kings Park
Zoo with picnic spots, shop, snake house and large collection of wild animals. 
Child and disabled friendly.
Location: Kings Way or entrance on Henry Street
Hours: Daily 8:00 –17:00
Contact: 051 405 8498/84 or bloemzoo@civic.mangaung.co.za

Soetdoring Nature Reserve
Lion reserve and game farm.  Picnic spots. Child and Disabled access friendly.
Location: 40km from Bloemfontein on R700 (Bultfontein Rd)
Hours: Daily 8:00  – 17:00
Contact: 051 433 9002

Boydon Observatory
Observatory dating back to 1927 housing 3rd largest telescope in Africa. Virtual space tours and star gazing. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Maselspoort Road
Hours: By Appointment
Contact: Gerrit Penning/Philip Coetzer
Website: www.cosmicsafari.com or www.assabfn.co.za

Spirit of Lavender – Somerton Estate
Experience a unique lavender experience, shop, restaurant and Lavender gardens
Location: Somerton Estate, Eeufees Road towards N1
Hours: By Arrangement Only
Contact: 082 444 6130


Family Entertainment
Pretty Garden Life Style Centre
Nursery, shops, restaurants and children’s play area. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Langenhoven Park
Hours: Daily 8:00 – 17:00
Contact: 051 451 1069

Loch Logan Waterfront
Shopping and entertainment, restaurants, cinemas. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Henry Street
Hours: Daily 8:00 – late

Mimosa Mall
Shopping and Entertainment Centre, restaurants, cinemas and shopping. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Nelson Mandela Dr
Hours: Daily 8:00 - late

Cheetah Experience
Cheetah and big cat sanctuary with educational tours and picnic spot. Child and Disabled access friendly.
Location: Tempe Airport Road, off Dealesville Rd.
Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 13:00, Sat – Sun – 14:00 – 17:00
Contact: 0720200570

Art and Culture

Oliewenhuis National Art Museum
Collection of 20th - 21st century South African art with gardens, walking trails, picnic spots, tea garden and sculpture garden and restaurant. Child and disabled access friendly.
Location: Harry Smith Street
Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 – 17:00, Sat – 10:00 – 17:00 Sun – 13:00 – 17:00
Contact: 051 447 9609 or oliewen@nasmus.co.za
Entrance: Free
Website: www.nasmus.co.za

Sand Du Plessis Theatre
Centre for theatre and arts. Disabled access friendly.
Location: c/o Markgraaff and St Andrew Street
Hours: Tours by Appointment or shows as advertised.
Contact: 051 447 7771
Website: www.pacofs.co.za
Further Information
www.bloemfontein.co.za
www.detea.fs.gov.za

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