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Huguenot Memorial Museum

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Address: PO Box 37, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 8762532
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Description: This museum displays the signature of every 1685 Huguenot settler.

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Very informative and worthwhile

The staff and exhibits gave us a good picture of starting a new life after persecution, over 300 years ago, at the end of the world. the settlers were very courageous.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The staff and exhibits gave us a good picture of starting a new life after persecution, over 300 years ago, at the end of the world. the settlers were very courageous.

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South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We found it very interesting although small and staff weren't overly forth coming. Very cheap entry I think R10.

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UK
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405 reviews 405 reviews
20 attraction reviews
362 helpful votes 362 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I was actually interested in the Huguenot history in South Africa, as I have Huguenot ancestors in Ireland and have researched them in Ireland. However nobody in the museum knew anything of the Huguenots other than their story in South Africa. The museum is a building that has been taken brick by brick from another city in South Africa and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

There is lots of information for an interested historian, although the presentation of it is rather uninspired. Children and desultory tourists might find it a bit difficult to be inspired. The building itself is attractive and turns out to be a rebuild of an old building that stood elsewhere and not nearly as old as its style would imply. The... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is one of those odd little museums that gives you a great sense of a place, its people and history. Well worth a visit.

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Bristol
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Well illustrated and described in several languages showing the development of the local culture and commerce

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Paarl, South Africa
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

This museum records a very important part of SA's history, but you can see that they are battling. Perhaps one of the very wealthy persons who now own the farms that the brave Huguenot's settled can find a way to support them to modernise and protect the exhibits.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

If you are interested specifically in the Huguenot migration and speak a French or Afrikaans this may be worth a detour. Otherwise of limited interest

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This museum sets the scene for the reasons for emigration of the early settlers to this area and their lives on arrival. Many interesting accounts (obviously considerable French bias) but I would have loved to read an account of a single family, their individual reasons for leaving and how subsequent generations adapted in terms of the jobs they found. Perhaps... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

I am so pleased that I went to see the monument. I have been to Franschhoek countless times and never to the actual monument. It cost R10 each adult for entry and this was just to see the monument. The museum is extra I believe but I did not go in. What good value! There is also parking on site... More 

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