The Drostdy Museum was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1747 to serve as residence and official headquarters for the Landdrost. Soon after a gaol, a house for the secretary, a mill and various outbuildings were erected.
In 1743 Swellendam was declared a magisterial district, the third oldest in South Africa, and was named after Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel, the first South African born Governor, and his wife, Helena Ten Damme. This outlying settlement soon became a gateway to the interior, and was visited by many famous explorers and travellers including François Le Vaillant (1781), Lady Anne Barnard (1798), William John Burchell (1815) and Thomas William Bowler (1860).
David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter are South African Studio Potters who have been working together in the tradition of high temperature, reduction-fired pottery (stoneware and porcelain) since 1973.
Kunstehuijs Fine Art Gallery
The owner and fine artist, Grady Zeeman has participated in the Florence Biennale in Italy during December 2011
Art de Olivia
In 1996 I was privileged enough to be part of the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir. While joining the choir’s tour to America and Canada, I handed a painting to our country’s embassy
Donovan Julius Art Gallery
Donovan Julius is an artist and activist in Suurbraak with a passion for the local people and his Khoi heritage. His brand new art studio was made possible by generous locals that provided the building for the art gallery. The gallery opened in 2020 and is located across the historic mission church.
Sulina Fairy Sanctuary
Swellendam’s special Faerie and Angel Healing Sanctuary… dedicated to the protection and preservation of all the energies of Love and Light