Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Museums and Monuments of East Griqualand, Southern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

o    East Griqualand Museum - Kokstad. A national monument. Kokstad's first library. The main theme is the cultural history of the Griqua although there are many other local history exhibits. It has recently been extended and upgraded.
o    Kokstad Town Hall. A national monument. It has been declared a British cultural heritage site and now serves as the town library.
o    Bandstand, Kokstad. Alongside the Town Hall. Built in 1912 by the engineers responsible for the Kokstad Water Scheme. A British cultural heritage site.
o    Griqua National Independent Church, Kokstad. Built of stone from the farm Koppies Kraal near Kokstad. It took 12 years to complete and was opened by Margaret, wife of Adam Kok. The original "Peach Bell" ordered by its architect, Rev. William Dower, from Scotland still hangs in the bell tower alongside the church. The National Independent Church of Wigan in England donated the communion service articles in 1845.
o    Kokstad Magistrates Court. Another cutstone building - a national monument.
o    Catholic Cathedral – Kokstad. An imposing building with twin steeples, it is a British cultural heritage site.
o    Dutch Reformed Church - Kokstad. A Boer cultural heritage site and national monument. The foundation stone was laid on Saturday, October 23 1926. Built on Cape Dutch principles, the interior is in the form of a Greek cross. The most striking feature, apart from the Cape Dutch style is the rose windows on the gables.
o    Adam Kok's Monument. Griqua cultural heritage site, next to the Police Station
o    Adam Kok's Laager. In the Mount Currie Nature Reserve at the foot of the Mount Currie, it is Griqua cultural heritage site.
o    Cape Mounted Rifles Monument – Kokstad. A British cultural heritage site, outside the Town Hall. It is a tall column surrounded by four lions.
o    Boy Scouts Monument. In the Mount Currie Nature Reserve, it is a monument to the soldiers of the First World War. A British cultural heritage site.
o    Matatiele Museum/Library. A national monument, it depicts local prehistory, history and the culture of the town and surrounding area.
o    Matatiele Magistrates Court. Planned originally as a fortress, it is a national monument and British cultural heritage site.
o    Royal Hotel – Matatiele. Site of the last formal duel in South Africa, there are moves to have it declared a national monument.
o    First Nursing Home – Matatiele. There are moves afoot to have it declared a national monument.
o    Matatiele War Memorial. Memorial to the soldiers who fell during World War I and II. A British cultural heritage site.
o    Matatiele Town Hall. Declared a British cultural heritage site.
o    Holy Trinity Church - Kokstad.
o    St. Stephens Parish - Matatiele.

As well as numerous cut-stone building on farms with the original shoulder-high shooting holes. BJMuseums

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