Things To Do in BarbertonBarberton Museum
Where? 36 Pilgrim Street, Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa
When? Please enquire.
How? Call +27 (0)13 712 4208
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Learn about geology and mining history and the general history of the Barberton area by paying a visit to this very interesting museum in Barberton.
When gold was first discovered in Barberton in 1884, gold prospectors and fortune hunters arrived in their droves in the region to try their luck. The little town flourished and then when gold was discovered in the Witwatersrand region, the hoards moved on and Barberton reverted to being a charming country town.
In 1998 a Mr Otto Elkan donated a considerable collection of mining specimens including quartz and historical mining items which were then displayed in the Carnegie Library. Over time the collections have expanded and today the Barberton Museum consists of the Main Museum (where the geology, mining and general history of the region are on show). Other museums that are part of the Barberton Museum complex include Belhaven, Stopforth House and Fernlea Museums as well as Block House.