Museums of Mpumalanga


Museums are a space where history, knowledge, interest and awakening come together. Without museums much of the world’s history would be lost, buried beneath years of life lived. Mpumalanga’s museums are a treat to explore.


Cenotaph Msukaligwa Museum

Situated in Ermelo City, the Cenotaph Msukaligwa Museum, was established to remember apartheid liberation heroes and heroines from the Gert Sibande District. These heroes fought for racial equality against mighty odds. Those who fought have their names engraved into granite slabs. It’s a must visit in order to complete a historical South Africa trip.


The Nomoya Masilela Museum

Another one for those looking for some history on the Apartheid liberation struggle, the Nomoya Masilela Museum, holds displays and exhibits. Some of those liberation heroes and heroines who are honoured here include, Richard ‘Gert’ Sibande, Nokuthula Simelane, Ruth First and Henry ‘Mr Drum’ Nxumalo, to mention but a



Roodedraai Anglo-Boer War Museum

This museum is an old school building, converted into a historical museum by Gert Van Der Westhuizen. Here you will find many artefacts that date back to before the Anglo-Boer war, as it is one of the largest collections of Anglo-Boer War memorabilia. Be ready for an education trip if you make your appointment to the Roodedraai Anglo-Boer War Museum. (Note: it is by appointment only).


White River History and Motor Museum

If all things roaring engines make your blood race, then this one's for you! The White River History and Motor Museum lets you get right up to over 60 automobiles that date back to the 20’s and 30’s. Just outside White River, the motor museum not only shows you cars such as the famous Model T Ford, but it also offers insight into the history of White River. A must-see for your trip to Mpumalanga.


Pixley Isaka Ka Seme Statue

The Pixley Isaka Ka Seme Statue, whilst not a museum, pays tribute to this stalwart in the Apartheid liberation movement. You’ll find this statue in the Daggakraal community where Pixley was born and raised. Entrance is free and the venue can be found by visiting local Mpumalanga tourist authorities.


Barberton Gold Panning

Again, not a museum specifically, but a historical trip to revisit the gold era in Mpumalanga. Barberton has many historical routes that are a must-see and visit to understand early pioneers struck gold and placed South Africa on the map.


Antiek Sjiek

In a little town called Hendrina, you’ll find a house that dates back to the 1920’s, filled with treasures to be found! The Antiek Sjiek is a story in itself, with each room telling its own story of history. Rooms are adorned with silver, antique sewing machines and musical instruments. Once you’ve had a browse around, a quaint beer garden awaits you for refreshments.


There are many cultural and historical landmarks in Mpumalanga. These museums of Mpumalanga listed here, are just a few of those which should be on your list when you visit the place of the rising sun. Visit for more information.

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