Many people refer to it as the “donkey museum”, but Upington’s Kalahari-Oranje Museum in Schröder Street is much more than that; it gives one insight into the history of the area through a varied collection of artefacts and furniture.
Museum curator Jolene van Niekerk takes guests through the old church, which forms the main part of the museum, as well as through the former pastorie (parsonage) with its impressive collection of antique furniture, and a third building with an exhibition depicting the traditions of the San people.
To find out more about this historic museum, which was originally built by the Reverend Christiaan Schröder in 1875 as a church and mission station, visit http://www.upington.co.za/kalahari-oranje-museum/.
The museum also showcases a ship built with clothes pegs and matchsticks by one of the Upington 26 while in prison. Charged with the crowd killing of a police officer in 1985, 25 of them were found guilty of murder and one of attempted murder. Fourteen of the accused were sentenced to death, but their sentences were overturned on appeal and they were later released as political prisoners.