Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Visitor Information

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Oliewenhuis Art Museum 16 Harry Smith Street Bloemfontein Free State South Africa

 +27 (0) 51 011 0525 (ext 200)


Visiting Hours

Monday to Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday and Public Holidays
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day


Free admission to the Main Building (Permanent Collection and all exhibitions) and the gardens.


Secure parking available to visitors. 

Parking for buses is also available at the Museum.

Disabled Visitors

A ramp provides access for wheel chairs at the main entrance, while a lift provides access to the Permanent Collection display areas on the first floor.

Picnic/Garden Rules and Regulations

The management and staff of Oliewenhuis Art Museum would like to make your visit as pleasant as possible. We therefore need to inform all visitors of matters to take into consideration when spending time at Oliewenhuis Art Museum and its gardens. 

Right of admission is reserved.

Please respect the authority of Oliewenhuis staff members and Security Officers (including the car watch) whose duty is to ensure that no one causes any kind of disturbance or engages in any dangerous activities on the premises. Such behaviour creates an unpleasant environment for other visitors.

Groups of between 20 and 30 people (groups of more than 30 will not be allowed) must apply in writing to the Curator of the Oliewenhuis Art Museum if they wish to have a picnic on the front lawns (picnics and functions in the back garden must be arranged with The Terrace Restaurant). If permission is granted a maintenance fee of R15.00 per person is charged and is payable at the Museum.  Proof of payment must be presented to the Security Officer on duty.  For bookings and additional information, please contact the Museum at (051) 447 9609 during office hours.

School groups visiting the museum during the week will only be allowed on the front lawn if they booked a guided tour and /or an African Carousel ride.

The taking of photographs of groups, weddings or any other professional photography in the gardens of Oliewenhuis Art Museum is strictly prohibited.

Alcohol maynot be consumed by anyone under the age of 18. Excessive use of alcohol by persons over the age of 18 will not be tolerated.  Persons abusing alcohol will be asked to leave the premises. 

Ball games are not allowed in the back gardens as they may cause damage to the sculptures.

In accordance with Fire Safety Regulations, no “braais”, fires or gas apparatus are allowed.

Music, singing or playing instruments may cause a disturbance to other visitors and is not allowed.

Erecting of tents, jumping castles, gazebos or similar structures is not allowed.

The front lawns are strictly for small picnics and the setting up of tables and chairs are not allowed.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash and under control.

No plants may be removed or damaged.

Parking for picnickers is provided in the parking area adjacent to the grass.  Parking on the grass is strictly forbidden. The parking area in front of the Main Building is reserved for visitors to the Museum and restaurant.

The gates close at 17:00. No member of the public is permitted to be on the premises between 17:00 and 08:00 unless attending an official function.  Anyone found on the property after 17:00 will be asked to leave the premises.

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The Terrace

The Terrace restaurant has reopened to the public with an exciting new look and menu. Come visit it for a delightful breakfast or a freshly prepared lunch. Sunday Lunch Buffets are also available for the whole family.

At the Reservoir, The Terrace restaurant can also host your dream wedding or a professional corporate event. With a capacity of up to 250 guests, you do not have to look any further for a more versatile venue. 


Mon to Fri 9:00 – 17:00

Sat & Sun 9:00 – 16:00

Closed on Mondays

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065 861 6853

060 726 1719

082 900 3635

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