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Huguenot Memorial Museum

PO Box 37, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 8762532
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Description: This museum displays the signature of every 1685 Huguenot settler.
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Definitely worth the time spend here, informative and interesting...with lots of items on display. The man at the entrance to the Hugenot Gardens/Monument, should just kindly learn some hospitality/ friendliness towards guests. The notice on the wall says the garden closes at 17:00, yet we were called at (from quite a distance) and motioned to leave the property at 16:50.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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254 reviews 254 reviews
41 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I have been to Franschhoek several times, but have always just driven past the entrance. It is well worth a visit to understand the history of the valley and the hardship and plight of the Huguenots. It does put the perspective of some of the larger wine farms and families into context. Don't forget to also visit the smaller museum... More

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

A small but interesting telling of the development and history of the Franshhoek valley and the pilgrim families that came and settled. It would be a shame to not absorb this story if you visit the town and have an appreciation of the early challenging origins and derive a significant appreciation this glorious place..

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Bad Homburg, Germany
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Don´t expect too much - it is a tiny little museum, which tries to give a view to the Huguenots history in Franschhoek. It is not that impressive and unfortunately a lot of the informations are in French. We found it very irritating that you can find more notes like "don´t touch", "don´t sit" then informations about history. A visit... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

a must see museum especially for the francophones, well documented history of early settlers on the African continent

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Phoenix, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We only had an hour to spend in this small museum but left wishing we had planned for more time to enjoy it. As other reviewers have mentioned it is somewhat dated. It is not like modern museums where text is minimal and objects are carefully spaced to maximize visual impact, but it still manages to be informative and worth... More

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Sheringham, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A very good collection of artefacts from the time when life was hard but very fulfilling. The history of Franschoek is well explained.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This museum is small but very comprehensive. The statistics are surprising: just over 200 Huguenots brought French viticulture to this corner of Africa. A large amount of detailed information is on French language panels originating from Paris, but there is a good multilingual DVD presentation ( ask the receptionist if it isn't already running). It seems that the small community... More

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Redditch, Worcestershire
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91 reviews 91 reviews
15 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Its not particularly interesting - but the big problem was the staff - disapproving, grumpy and miserable - and the number of signs "don't touch", "no photos", etc. I went there wanting to learn more about the Huguenots and left actively hating them.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

This is worth visiting however I found the material was difficult to follow. This was probably because they were trying to cater for many languages. However, from what I could understand, it was very informative and I was amazed at the legacy that just under 300 people from France have left. Amazing story.

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