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Barberton Museum

Mpumalanga, South Africa

Situated 350km east of Gauteng, the town of Barberton is rich in ancient and modern history. Some of the oldest rocks preserved on earth are found here in the Barberton mountains. The area was first inhabited by the Stone Age people and later the Swazi, with their rich culture, under the leadership of King Sobhuza.

In 1884 the gold prospectors moved in when gold was discovered by the Barbers. The museum houses displays on geology, mining and cultural history, as well as temporary exhibitions such as ‘Watsintsa bafati, watsint’ imbokodvo’ (When you strike a woman you strike a rock) currently on display.

Contact Details:

013 712 4208


Main Museum, 36 Pilgrim Street, Barberton

Opening & Closing Times:

9am-4pm (Main Museum) (Daily)
Belhaven House: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm
Block House: Free viewing at all times
Fernlea House: 9am-1pm, 2pm-4pm
Stopforth House: Tours at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm