Anglo Boer War Museum, Bloemfontein

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Learn about local history through dioramas and art exhibits at Anglo Boer War Museum. Perhaps the museum's most moving gallery deals with British concentration camps, in which thousands of Afrikaners lost their lives during the war. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Anglo Boer War Museum by using our Bloemfontein trip itinerary planning website.
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  • Was very informative and nice to share with my children our history. A lot of added information since went there over 16yrs back. Be prepared to spend at least 2 - 3 hours depending on how much...  more »
  • A good museum which depicts various perspectives on a very emotional war which left deep scars on a nation. They go to great lengths to present the material as neutral and unbiased as possible...  more »
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  • Awesome place to visit. Especially if you're interested in history. But more specifically, of course if you're interested in - and proud of - the Afrikaner struggles and achievements during the Anglo-Boer war. And there were plenty of both. That history is definitely something worth being proud of. Considering the ABW was essentially the British Empire's "Vietnam". The British had expected to easily defeat the Boer Republics in three months. Instead the war dragged on for almost three years, after the British forces suffered one humiliating defeat after another. Ultimately the British won the war using "dirty" tactics such as the Scorched Earth policy and one of England's most shameful contributions to history - the modern concentration camp. The museum does a wonderful job of bringing all of this to life. It's loaded with a plethora of items from the era with loads of interactive items. Also has a section dealing with the role of black people in the war. Worth a visit.
  • Overall a very enjoyable experience. As an American, it would've been nice to have a history lesson available so that I could better enjoy the exhibits, but by the time I finished, I felt I had a decent understanding of the war.
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