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Visit The McGregor Museum

McGregor Museum In September of 1907 a timely donation made by Mrs. McGregor, made way for the handing over of title deeds for the Alexander McGregor Museum.

The museum was named after the widow's late husband, diamond pioneer and previous mayor of Kimberley, Alexander McGregor. Its first curator, (1908-1947) a Miss Maria Wilman who studied at Cambridge University, showed great interest in Botany and Archeology and subsequently published major works during her time. The museum has made great progress in contribution towards ecological and historical knowledge of the Western parts of South Africa and Northern Cape.

McGregor Memorial Museum Originally located in Chapel Street, (image right) the museum moved staff and museum pieces in the early 70's to a larger building, the old Kimberley Sanatorium (as seen in the image above). This is the same building where Cecil John Rhodes held up during the Siege of Kimberley from 1899 - 1900. The original building in Chapel street is still open to the public as a satellite to the McGregor Museum.

"The McGregor", as it has been more naturally referred to for the past century, will soon be changing its name to the, "Kimberley History Museum". The building will then show exhibition to a Kimberley time line of events and turning points of historical magnitude, such as the so called, "Forgotten Suburbs" like Greenpoint, Galeshwe and Malay Camp (a forced removal settlement).


Open hours

Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 | Sundays 14:00 - 17:00 | Public Holidays 10:00 - 17:00 | Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day


Open hours -McGregor Memorial Museum

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00 | Closed on week-ends and Public Holidays


William Humphreys Art Gallery

William Humphreys art gallery The William Humphreys Art Gallery is located in the Civic Centre gardens and has served to collect and preserve works of art since opening its doors in 1952. The early pieces donated by William B Humphreys included: 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, French and British paintings and antique furniture. The museum today focuses primarily on collecting South African pieces so as to uphold the heritage of South African art, both past and present.


Open hours

Monday to Friday: 08:00-16:45 | Saturday: 10:00 -16:45 | Sundays & Public holidays: 09:00 - 12:00 | Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day


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