English Collections

The Sabinet African Archives portal currently offers an index to collections within academic institutions of South Africa. We are busy expanding this index. Sabinet also offers a hosting and digitisation solution to online collection holders to make it more discoverable to researchers globally.

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Old President Museum


The Old President Museum is a fascinating must see on President Brand Street in Bloemfontein, Free State. The building use to be the main residence for the last three presidents of…

Transgariep Museum


The Transgariep Museum in Philippolis showcases three themes; Dr J Philip and the London Missionary Association, the Griqua era of Adam Kok and Emily Hobhouse who started a weaving school…

Rock Art


The Charles Street Display is a permanent exhibit that is housed in a specially erected building outside the National Museum, facing Charles Street. This allows passers-by to view the exhibit…

Weaponry Collection


The Weaponry Collection consists of two parts - firearms and swords. The firearm collection includes muzzle-loaders as well as breech-loading rifles dating back to the South African War (1899-1902).  The…

Transport Collection


The Transport Collection contains coaches, wagons and carts. Most of these are on display in the Wagon Museum, 95 St George Street 95 St George Street The Wagon Museum is…

Toy Collection


The small Toy Collection contains mainly dolls, model trains and cars as well as some games. The two eighteenth century wooden dolls (Vaderlandspoppe) and the South African manufactured Graaff-Reinet dolls…

Textile Collection


The Textile Collection includes flags, household linen, samples of embroidery, shoes, handbags, hats etc. Costumes in the collection consist mainly of women’s clothing from the middle of the nineteenth century…

Photograph collection


The large Photograph Collection consists mainly of photographs of the Free State and Bloemfontein: architecture, people of historical importance, political figures, fashion, education  and historical events are some of the…