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Pilgrim’s Rest Museum

Pilgrim's Rest, Panorama Route

The history of Pilgrim’s Rest dates back to ancient times when unknown black miners worked the quartz reefs for gold. However, the historic village, as we know it, was founded in 1873 when alluvial gold was discovered in the Pilgrim’s Creek. News of the discovery triggered the first major gold rush in South Africa and by the end of that year there were some 1 500 diggers working 4 000 claims in and around Pilgrim’s Rest. It is estimated that R2 million worth of gold was mined during the first seven years of mining in the Pilgrim’s Rest valley.

The 1880s saw the end of the digger’s era and by 1895 several small mining companies had amalgamated to form the Transvaal Gold Mining Estates. The black and white miners of this company and the local villagers shared the fluctuating fortunes of mining at Pilgrim’s Rest until 1972 when the last mine ceased to operate. The village has subsequently become a National icon and living museum.

Contact Details:

013 768 1060 / 013 768 1471


Pilgrim’s Rest

Opening & Closing Times:

Village Museums

Visit the 5 village museums on your own

Open: Daily; 9am–1pm & 1.30pm–4pm

Village Tours

Special Guided Tours of the historic village

Please book at least a day in advance. Price available on request.

Alanglade House Museum

Special Guided Tours

Open: Daily; 11am and 2pm. Please book at least 30 minutes in advance

Diggings Site Museum

Guided Tours and Gold Panning Demo

Open: Daily; 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm

All museum admission tickets and bookings for guided tours are available at the Pilgrim’s Rest Information Centre.