Cap­tur­ing a wide col­lec­tion of the prov­ince’s trea­sured iden­tity

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HERE IS a list of the mu­se­ums cel­e­brated in the Cape Winelands and West Coast Mu­seum Route brochure pro­duced by the provin­cial De­part­ment of Cul­tural Af­fairs and Sport.

SA Fish­eries Mu­seum, Veld­drif dis­plays the his­tory of the net fish­ing in­dus­try on the West Coast and has a com­pre­hen­sive ex­hi­bi­tion on whales and the whal­ing in­dus­try. The mu­seum also in­cludes the his­tory of Veld­drif.

Ex­hibits in­clude arte­facts, pho­to­graphs and mod­els of trawlers, as well as stories about the sea and the sailors of the re­gion.

De Vil­liers Street, Laaiplek. Open from Tues­day to Fri­day from 10am to 4pm and on Satur­day from 10am to 1pm. Email: seaquiz@mweb.co.za

En­trance fee

Wheat In­dus­try Mu­seum, Moor­rees­burg ex­plores the agri­cul­tural his­tory of the wheat in­dus­try and farm­ing through tools, equip­ment and farm­ing pro­cesses. The mu­seum is well known for “The Pink Lady”, a Ran­some thresh­ing ma­chine used to har­vest wheat. A unique in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion por­trays how the town looked in dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods. The mu­seum is one of only three “wheat mu­se­ums” in the world.

134 Main Street, Moor­rees­burg. Open from Mon­day to Thurs­day from 8am to 4.30pm and on Fri­day from 8am to 4pm. Email: ko­r­mu­seum@wcac­cess.co.za

En­trance fee

Jan Danck­aert Mu­seum, Porter­ville is named af­ter the leader of the first Dutch ex­pe­di­tion to this area. The mu­seum (in a build­ing dat­ing to 1879, and ini­tially used as a court and a prison) hosts a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion of an­cient San rock paint­ings and arte­facts from the Groot Win­ter­hoek moun­tains and sur­rounds. The mu­seum has also re­con­structed a class­room from the first school in Porter­ville called 24 Riv­eren Pri­mary.

There is also a col­lec­tion of coaches, carts and car­riages.

Cor­ner of Mark and Piet Retief streets, Porter­ville. Open on week­days from 9am to 4pm, and on Satur­day from 9am to 1pm. Email: jd­mu­seum@telkomsa.net

Stel­len­bosch Mu­seum con­sists of var­i­ous build­ings spread through­out the town, in­clud­ing four 18th cen­tury homes, the VOC Ar­se­nal (Kruithuis) and the Toy and Minia­ture Mu­seum. Ex­hi­bi­tions re­flect a his­tory span­ning ar­chae­o­log­i­cal to colo­nial-era re­search. The re­stored build­ings and gar­dens them­selves re­flect­ing key as­pects of the ar­chi­tec­tural and do­mes­tic his­tory of the town, which was founded in 1697. The Toy and Minia­ture Mu­seum is re­garded as “an en­chant­ment”, boast­ing among other things, a de­tailed and life­like minia­ture of the Blue Train.

Open from Mon­day to Satur­day from 9am to 5pm and on Sun­day, be­tween May and Au­gust, from 10am to 1pm, and be­tween Septem­ber and April, from 10am to 4pm. Email: man­ager@stel­mus.co.za Web: www.stel­mus.co.za

En­trance fee

Huguenot Me­mo­rial Mu­seum in Fran­schhoek de­picts the im­pact of the ar­rival of the French Huguenots at the Cape be­tween 1688 – af­ter the 1685 Re­vo­ca­tion of the Edict of Nantes, for­bid­ding French Protes­tants from prac­tis­ing their re­li­gion – and 1720. There is also a more re­cently built An­nex across the road, in which ex­hi­bi­tions on lo­cal his­tory and the de­scen­dants of Huguenot fam­i­lies are dis­played. The Huguenots played a crit­i­cal role in de­vel­op­ing South Africa’s wine in­dus­try. There are also ex­hibits on fyn­bos, Khoisan his­tory and the lo­cal fruit in­dus­try.

Lam­brecht Street, Fran­schhoek. Open from Mon­day to Satur­day from 9am to 5pm, and on Sun­day from 2pm to 5pm. Email: ad­min@mu­seum.co.za

En­trance fee

Paarl Mu­seum has many his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural ex­hibits de­pict­ing the his­tory of the Paarl Val­ley, span­ning early lo­cal his­tory to con­tem­po­rary Paarl. A large part of the mu­seum col­lec­tion is made up of Cape an­tiques and arte­facts that por­tray the rich cul­tural di­ver­sity and de­vel­op­ment of Paarl. The mu­seum it­self is sit­u­ated on a sec­tion of the farm orig­i­nally granted to Pi­eter Janz van Mar­se­veen by Gov­er­nor Willem Adri­aan van der Stel on Fe­bru­ary 8, 1699.

The mu­seum has a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of Cape an­tiques (in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture and sil­ver­ware) and arte­facts, doc­u­ments and pho­to­graphs re­flect­ing the cul­tural di­ver­sity and de­vel­op­ment of the town.

303 Main Street, Paarl. Open on week­days from 9am to 4pm and on Satur­day from 9am to 1pm. E-mail: paarl­mu­seum@telkomsa.net

En­trance fee

Wellington Mu­seum tells the story of the rich her­itage of this small town, dis­play­ing ex­hi­bi­tions on lo­cal his­tory, in­clud­ing that of the in­dige­nous peo­ple.

Col­lec­tions in­clude Stone Age arte­facts, tra­di­tional eth­nic tools, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and jew­ellery of the Sotho and Tswana among oth­ers, a unique col­lec­tion of Egyp­tian arte­facts dat­ing to the reign of King Akhen­aten (± 1375 BC), and ex­hi­bi­tions re­flect­ing Dutch, Huguenot and colo­nial-era in­flu­ences and pi­o­neer­ing fig­ures.

Among these is road-build­ing pioneer (and fos­sil col­lec­tor) An­drew Ged­des Bain, who cre­ated Bain’s Kloof Pass, the first road to the in­te­rior across the Limiet Moun­tains, and mis­sion­ary An­drew Mur­ray, who rev­o­lu­tionised ed­u­ca­tion for girls through the es­tab­lish­ment of the Huguenot Sem­i­nary.

Cor­ner of Col­lege and Church streets, Wellington. Open on week­days from 8am to 4pm. E-mail: wel­mus@telkomsa.net Web: www.welling­ton­mu­seum.co.za

En­trance fee

Worces­ter Mu­seum The main at­trac­tion of the Worces­ter Mu­seum is the open-air mu­seum with its live farm an­i­mals.

Robert­son Road, Worces­ter. Open on week­days from 8am to 4pm and on Satur­day from 8am to 1pm. E-mail: Francois.Fouche@west­ern­cape.gov.za

En­trance fee To­gry­ers Mu­seum, Ceres The name, “To­gry­ers”, mean­ing trans­port rid­ers, stems from the huge in­flu­ence of trans­port rid­ers of the 1900s on the de­vel­op­ment of Ceres. The com­ple­tion of Michell’s Pass in 1848 made the town ac­ces­si­ble to wag­ons, and one of the main routes to the di­a­mond fields in Kim­ber­ley went through Ceres.

8 Oranje Street, Ceres. Open on week­days from 8.30am to 5pm, and on Sun­days and public hol­i­days from 9am to noon. E-mail: togry­ersmu­seum@gmail. com Web: www.ceres­mu­seum.co.za

En­trance fee is charged

Oude Kerk Volksmu­seum, Tul­bagh is one of the last churches where cru­ci­form ar­chi­tec­ture is still in­tact. It was built in 1743 by the VOC (Dutch East In­dia Com­pany). It houses a unique col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture and arte­facts from the Dutch pe­riod and is ad­ja­cent to the his­toric ceme­tery. The mu­seum com­plex con­sists of four his­toric build­ings: De Oude Kerk, Vic­to­rian Pe­riod House, Cape Dutch Pioneer House and the Earth­quake Mu­seum (about the 1969 earth­quake that ex­ten­sively dam­aged the town). 4 Church Street, Tul­bagh Open on week­days from 9am to 5pm, on Satur­day from 9am to 3pm, and Sun­day from 11am to 3pm. E-mail: Shurine. vanNiek­erk@west­ern­cape.gov.za

En­trance fee

Mon­tagu Mu­seum con­sists of three build­ings, the 110-year-old Old Mis­sion Church (1907), Jou­bert House (1983) and the KWV Build­ing. Attractions in­clude the In­dige­nous Medic­i­nal Plant re­search project, the Fran­coise Krige col­lec­tion of paint­ings and the TO Honi­ball col­lec­tion of car­toons. 41 Long Street, Mon­tagu Open on week­days: from 9am to 4.30pm, and on Satur­day and Sun­day from 10am to noon. E-mail: mmu­seum@ telkomsa.net

En­trance fee

An­drew Ged­des Bain

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