Thu, Dec 3, 2009
The Anglo- Boer War broke out in 1899 with the British retaliation against the then President Paul Kruger’s to grant political rights to the English outsiders in Transvaal ‘the gold and diamond destination’ and lasted for 3 year. The war snatched life of 20,000 people and destroyed the farms of Boer. The War Museum in Bloemfontein gives great knowledge of the Boer War through its fascinating art collection, dioramas and exhibits and helps visitors to imagine and understand the background against which the war took place.
A century has passed since the occurrence of the war but still it oscillates in the minds of the people which can be derived from the fact that books continue to publish on this piece of history, memorabilia associated with it are still much sought after by the avid collectors, and thousands of people still visit battle sites such as Magersfontein, Colenso and Paardeberg.
The course of the war unfolds as you progress into the museum and you would also be getting a look of the concentration and prisoners of the war camp. A distinctly interesting feature of the museum is their display of collection of tiles as old as of late 19th century which depicts the battle and personalities of the war, which were discovered in 1969 while a cinema hall was undergoing demolition.
There are mesmerizing art works and painting in the Kestell and Hobhouse galleries. The best known sculptures by Anton van Wouw and his designs for the Women’s Memorial and the wartime group entitled ‘Bad News’ attracts attention of the visitors.
The J H de la Rey Hall excels in showcasing the aspects of the Republican Boer both in war and peace. Depictions of the 1914 Rebellion, launched by Afrikaner republicans in the hope of regaining their lost political and national independence are really delightful to watch. The place is a real paradise for history lovers and people who are keenly interested in wars and for people who don’t like going to museum here it are a place where interesting past facts and figure come alive.
The museum is located in the monument road of Bloemfontein, South Africa. The museum is so widely famous that you don’t need any address to reach it but just willingness to indulge in the past of South Africa.
The museum is open from 08:00 – 16:30 on weekdays, 10:00 – 17:00 Saturdays, 11:00 – 17:00 Sundays and 09:00 – 17:00 on public holidays. The museum remains closed on Good Friday, Christmas and New Year’s Day. So anytime on any day you feel like drenching yourself into the history, Anglo – Boer museum is the destination.
You can board flights from Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town or Pretoria Airport and if you feel like taking rail route then there are trains from Johannesburg park, Durban, Cape Town, Dundee and Pretoria stations.