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The Stellenbosch Village Museum

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Address: 18 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 887 2902
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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"Live" Museum

Excellent and very interesting museum consisting of 4 historical houses all within a short distance of each other. You visit them in historical sequence, oldest first. You are met... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent and very interesting museum consisting of 4 historical houses all within a short distance of each other. You visit them in historical sequence, oldest first. You are met by a lady in the costume of the time and given an interesting narrative of the people who lived there and a bit about the period. Fascinating.

Thank RHofBath
Somerset West, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a while since we visited so I am just recounting my previous experience. It was very enlightening as to the past of this beautiful town. It has so much to offer to those who enjoy historical locations. Your calendar only goes back to 2016, we visited earlier than that, however I am ticking 2016 as being a museum I... More 

Thank Al D
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The first house Tannie Seronie Swartz, was by far the most knowledgeable and friendliest person we met on our journey. She loves and respects was she does. The whole experience was beyond expectation.

Thank Desire L
Lancaster, Virginia
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372 reviews
166 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum consists of four houses which are set for different periods of Dutch life in Stellenbosch. The first is dated at 1709 and the last approximately 1850. Each house has a guide explaining about the period and the former owner. There are many period pieces and you allowed to wander in each of the house. Combined with nice grounds... More 

Thank Ernjack1972
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think it's nice that there are ladies in each house to help you and that almost everything is how it used to be. Seeing the difference between each house and the people that owned them is also very interesting.

Thank Mahrou T
Magheramorne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a very good experience which gave a good view of how things were in South Africa in the early days. the staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly

Thank N8065GRrobertm
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely touch was having a period-costumed guide in each house, the first of whom had been there for over 20 years and who was passionate about "her" house. So much of interest to take in - a really enjoyable interlude.

Thank pandr11
Franschhoek, South Africa
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is such a good little museum, and so interesting for me to be able to find my maternal grandmothers name mentioned as one of the first settlers

Thank carolbhickman
West Sussex
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764 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 311 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The village museum is a really interesting slice of history and it is important to watch the film in reception to understand how the town was founded, grew and is what it is today. The buildings are scattered across several streets with steps etc., so if walking is a problem do take care. The houses were well furnished and set... More 

Thank Skippy50
Ashtead, United Kingdom
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343 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This nugget is well worth a visit as the museum is actually a series of original or near original houses some of which date back to the 1700. It is a hands on and feel museum, helped by the informative ladies in their period costume who welcome you into each building. Although we have been coming to Stellenbosch for many... More 

Thank Simon C

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