One of the best examples of a living museum, the Pilgrim's Rest village, is a replica of the early gold mining town. Gold was discovered in Pilgrim's Rest in 1873, and many restored miners' houses serve as accommodation establishments, shops etc. Among a number of fascinating places of interest, the Alanglade House Museum offers guided tours of the former mine manager's house.
The Pilgrim's Rest Diggings Museum (just over a kilometre south of town on the Graskop road) arranges conducted tours of gold-panning activities. The Dredzen Shop Museum consists of a store stocked with a range of items in use nearly a century ago.