Beaufort West Museum

Beaufort West became the first municipality in South Africa in February, 1837 and had the first town hall in the country. Today this forms part of the museum and houses a magnificent display of awards presented to surgeon Professor Chris Barnard who performed the world’s first heart transplant in 1967.

The little yellow church is the Dutch Reformed Mission Church which was built in 1871. This is the church in which the Reverend Adam Barnard, father of Professor Chris Barnard, world heart transplant pioneer, preached. Today it houses a collection of historical outfits, the town's cultural and church histories, many pictures of the town and an arms and ammunition collection. You can also visit the house next door in which the Barnard family lived. Professor Barnard's ashes have been interred in the garden.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 7h45-16h45 (and during season time we are open until 18h00)
Saturday: 9:00-12:00


R 15 (adults) / R 8 (children)


Curator: Ms Vuyiseka Myakala
Tel. 023-4152308
Fax: 023-4152545

Museum Address

87 Donkin Street
Beaufort West