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Named for the surrounding wild olive trees, Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontein once served as a state residence before local authorities chose to house the city’s significant art collection in a building deserving of their importance. The museum opened its doors in 1989.
The Oliewenhuis Art Museum encourages and exhibits local art including works created by the Brisley School of Art. Their stated mission is to collect, conserve and exhibit works of art which represent South Africa’s heritage, for the appreciation of current and future generations. Over the years, the Haenggi Foundation in Switzerland has made several generous donations of South African art to the museum.
The 12ha museum gardens are a perfect picnic spot and is where the African carousel is located. The fully operational carousel incorporates Western technology (the carousel itself) with African mythology (the brightly-created creatures representing fabled figures described in African folklore).
Also in the gardens is a sculpture park showcasing sculptures... Show more