Museums and Heritage

Industrial Art Park– The Polokwane Art museum curates 15 works of art produced from industrial material in an open air park. Sculptures are on permanent display. The museum was established in 1970 and is the only one of its kind in Africa.

The Polokwane Art Museum provides a compelling selection of paintings, ceramics, mixed media and sculptures by artists from Limpopo. Over 1000 works are housed in an indoor collection at the Danie Hough Cultural Centre located in the Library Gardens complex.

The Hugh Exton Photographic Museum exhibits 23 000 glass negatives portraying the first 5 years of the town history on celluloid. These were taken by photographer, Hugh Exton, between 1892 and 1945. The museum is housed in a Dutch Reformed church built in the 1890. Bookings are essential.

Eloff Gallery– An unusual and eclectic mix of local rural crafts, bespoke furniture and the works of many South African artists are on display at Eloff Gallery. Unlike many modern art studios which are somewhat stark, this warm and inviting gallery, opened in 1989 by Barenda Eloff, offers unusual, original and works of real value.

The Irish House Museum is also known as the Polokwane Cultural History Museum and has displays on the history of Limpopo area cultural groups and some archaeological finds from nearby sites. It also has a number of exhibitions on the Revised National Curriculum Statement, an outcomes-based education initiative.

The Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum provides insight into the traditional and modern-day culture and lifestyle of the Bakone people. It has thatched houses, grinding stones and calabashes that were used in the olden days. A tour guide is available and a special arrangement can be made to visit the museum on Sundays. The museum is excellent for family picnics and braais. Bookings are essential.