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PLACES OF INTEREST

Places of Interest and Entertainment

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

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

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

Fire Brigade Museum

Collection of Fire engines and other interesting equipment, the history of the Fire Brigade.

Location: Ehrlich Park Fire Station, Church Street

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

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.

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

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

RESERVES & GARDENS

Navil Hill 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

Free State Botanical Gardens

Indigenous gardens with walking trails, picnic spots and shop and restaurant. Child and disabled access friendly.

Location: Rayton Road

Orchid House

Indoor collection of orchids. Child and disabled access friendly.

Location: Union Ave

Soetdoring Nature Reserve

Lion reserve and game farm. Picnic spots. Child and Disabled access friendly.

Location: 40km from Bloemfontein on R700 (Bultfontein Rd)

Boydon Oservatory

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

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

Pretty Gardens Lifestyle Centre

Nursery, shops, restaurants and children’s play area. Child and disabled access friendly.

Location: Langenhoven Park

Loch Logan Waterfront

Shopping and entertainment, restaurants, cinemas. Child and disabled access friendly.

Location: Henry Street

Mimosa Mall

Shopping and Entertainment Centre, restaurants, cinemas and shopping. Child and disabled access friendly.

Location: Nelson Mandela Dr

ARTS 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

Sand Du Plessis Theatre

Centre for theatre and arts. Disabled access friendly.

Location: c/o Markgraaff and St Andrew Street