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Huguenot Memorial Museum

PO Box 37, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 8762532
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Type: History Museums
Description: This museum displays the signature of every 1685 Huguenot settler.
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English first
Sunapee, New Hampshire
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149 reviews 149 reviews
37 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The museum tells the story of the 275 Huguenots who came from France via Holland in the 16th century. Very interesting especially in relation to the native population of cattle owners who populated the area originally

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Columbus, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We are descended from Huguenots, so we were very excited about visiting the Huguenot Memorial Museum. The staff was super friendly (seemed excited to have visitors) and set us right up with an educational introductory video that was very informative. The rest of the museum was an interesting collection of artifacts and information.

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Salem, South Carolina, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The museum is small but gives you good information about the original settlers of the area. There is a very good short film that explains a brief history of the Huguenots.

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Western Cape, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Well worth a visit for anybody interested in the Huguenots and their history in South Africa. Even for me as a South African descendant of French Huguenots, it was still very informative and well presented.

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Franschhoek, South Africa
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Beautiful area to stroll around, well kept and clean. A great place to just step back and enjoy some quiet time.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Besides the statues (which I am not a fan of), I think the place is very well maintained with excellent lawns and open areas for kids to enjoy.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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272 reviews 272 reviews
43 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
3 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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