Pioneer Museum

    Winburg was founded in 1842 on the farm called Waaifontein. It is believed that it is the first town founded by the Voortrekkers in the Free State. It is situated on the N1 Road about 110 km from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg.

    The Voortrekker Monument was erected in 1967 in commemoration of the Voortrekkers and it was inaugurated on the 10 October 1968. The five pillars of this monument symbolizes the five groups of the Voortrekkers who stopped over in Winburg during the Great Trek before moving north.

    The Pioneer Museum was inaugurated in 1979. This museum depicts the history of the Voortrekkers and includes objects from everyday life, e.g., shoemaking, cooking, music, candle making and iron work.

    Also exhibited in the museum is the ANC Women’s League memorial stone which was inaugurated by Mrs. Winnie Madikizela Mandela in 1999 during the 50th Anniversary of ANC Women’s League

    Visit us at
    Turn off the N1 at the West side of Winburg. Drive for about a kilometer and then turn to the right
    Tel: 051 447 7714 or 066 474 7350
    Visiting hours
    Monday to Friday:
    8:00 – 15:30
    Weekends and public holidays:
    By appointment

    Entrance is free