Roodepoort Museum displays kick off with information panels illustrating the history of Roodepoort, with particular focus on the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1884 by the Struben Brothers. The real magic starts when you arrive on a reconstructed 19th century Farm House. Here you experience what life was like before the discovery of gold. The immense social and economic turnabout caused by the discovery of gold is evident when you walk through the Victorian House. Everything in abundance! A second mayor turning point in Roodepoort’s history came after World War I. New fashion trends and technological advancements, such as electricity and radio broadcasting, are illustrated in the 1920s and 1930s lounges. All the displays are filled with authentic artifacts from the relevant eras. The museum is well known for it’s superb collection of decorative arts and attention to detail in its displays.
The museum is wheelchair friendly, with a variety of restaurants and shops.
* R20 Adults
* R15 Pensioners and Teachers
* R10 Children under the age of 16
* Postcards and brochures are for sale.
A guide always accompanies visitors through the museum. Groups of learners get divided into smaller groups (up to 10 learners in a group) and guided through the museum. Groups of up to 100 learners can be accommodated per day.
* Booking is essential.
* Worksheets are available at small additional fee.
* Tours are tailored to your needs and interests and on average last about one hour.
* The Old Goal and Warder house
Seventh Avenue, Florida. The goal was built towards the end of the 19th Century and is believed to be the only remaining building in Roodepoort that was used for government purposes during the ZAR period. The goal now houses the offices of the local Red Cross Society.
* Roodepoort Town School
Rex Street, Roodepoort. Built in 1913 it is the oldest remaining school building in Roodepoort.
* Old Municipal Offices
Berlandina Street, Roodepoort. The first permanent offices of the Municipality of Roodepoort-Maraisburg, built in 1906 and used for this purpose till 1936.
You need to make an appointment to se this museum, call (011)761 0226 during office hours or 082 411 6898 over weekends. Bookings must be made 24hours in advance.